1 [stint]
verb (used without object)
to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance: Don't stint on the food. They stinted for years in order to save money.
Archaic. to cease action; desist.
verb (used with object)
to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict.
Archaic. to bring to an end; check.
a period of time spent doing something: a two-year stint in the army.
an allotted amount or piece of work: to do one's daily stint.
limitation or restriction, especially as to amount: to give without stint.
a limited, prescribed, or expected quantity, share, rate, etc.: to exceed one's stint.
Obsolete. a pause; halt.

1150–1200; (v.) Middle English stinten, Old English styntan to make blunt, dull; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; cognate with Old Norse stytta to shorten; cf. stunt1

stintedly, adverb
stintedness, noun
stinter, noun
stintingly, adverb
stintless, adjective
unstinted, adjective
unstinting, adjective
unstintingly, adverb

3. confine, restrain. 7. restraint, constraint. 8. allotment, portion. Unabridged


2 [stint]
any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris, as the least sandpiper.

1425–75; late Middle English stynte < ? Unabridged
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stint1 (stɪnt)
1.  to be frugal or miserly towards (someone) with (something)
2.  archaic to stop or check (something)
3.  an allotted or fixed amount of work
4.  a limitation or check
5.  obsolete a pause or stoppage
[Old English styntan to blunt; related to Old Norse stytta to cut short; see stunt1]

stint2 (stɪnt)
any of various small sandpipers of the chiefly northern genus Calidris (or Erolia), such as C. minuta (little stint)
[Old English; related to Middle High German stinz small salmon, Swedish dialect stinta teenager; see stunt1]

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Word Origin & History

"to limit, restrain, to be sparing or frugal," O.E. styntan "to blunt, make dull," from P.Gmc. *stuntijanan (cf. O.N. stuttr "short, scant," M.H.G. stunz "blunt, short," Ger. stutzen "to cut short, curtail, stop, hesitate"), from PIE base *(s)teu- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (see
steep (adj.)). The noun is attested from c.1300.
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Example sentences
After a stint as a public responsibility, they are now migrating back.
And, perhaps surprisingly, the cell survives its stint as part of the laser.
Perhaps you're a keen judge of character after a long stint working in sales.
Bacteria can change into more infectious and deadly organisms after a stint in
  space, a new experiment suggests.
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