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stint1

[stint] /stɪnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance:
Don't stint on the food. They stinted for years in order to save money.
2.
Archaic. to cease action; desist.
verb (used with object)
3.
to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict.
4.
Archaic. to bring to an end; check.
noun
5.
a period of time spent doing something:
a two-year stint in the army.
6.
an allotted amount or piece of work:
to do one's daily stint.
7.
limitation or restriction, especially as to amount:
to give without stint.
8.
a limited, prescribed, or expected quantity, share, rate, etc.:
to exceed one's stint.
9.
Obsolete. a pause; halt.
Origin of stint1
1150-1200
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
Related forms
stintedly, adverb
stintedness, noun
stinter, noun
stintingly, adverb
stintless, adjective
unstinted, adjective
unstinting, adjective
unstintingly, adverb
Can be confused
stent, stint.
Synonyms
3. confine, restrain. 7. restraint, constraint. 8. allotment, portion.
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Examples from the Web for unstinting
Contemporary Examples
  • First, and most simply, the founding fathers were unstinting in their belief that the nascent republic had to pay its debts.

Historical Examples
  • Mr. Kitchell grumbled at first, but when he learned my mission he, too, was jubilant and unstinting in his praise.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
  • Creasy and many other historians are unstinting in praise of Mahmoud.

  • He threw about his largesses with an unstinting hand, and everything went smoothly with him.

  • His generosity and kindliness toward his fellow-men was unstinting, but he was withal full to the brim of eccentricity.

    Cornwall G. E. Mitton
  • The Nation owes them its unstinting support while the battle continues--and its enduring gratitude when their service is done.

  • Those who brought the richest gifts considered them a poor return for her own unstinting helpfulness.

    A Pioneer Mother Hamlin Garland
  • His face would light up all over, and he would be unstinting in his praise.

  • The grounds behind were unstinting, and reached half a mile back to the mountain abutting it.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • He was the special patron of the priests, who, in return, were unstinting in their insistence upon his divinity.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for unstinting

unstinting

/ʌnˈstɪntɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not frugal or miserly; generous: hard work and unstinting support

stint1

/stɪnt/
verb
1.
to be frugal or miserly towards (someone) with (something)
2.
(archaic) to stop or check (something)
noun
3.
an allotted or fixed amount of work
4.
a limitation or check
5.
(obsolete) a pause or stoppage
Derived Forms
stinter, noun
Word Origin
Old English styntan to blunt; related to Old Norse stytta to cut short; see stunt1

stint2

/stɪnt/
noun
1.
any of various small sandpipers of the chiefly northern genus Calidris (or Erolia), such as C. minuta (little stint)
Word Origin
Old English; related to Middle High German stinz small salmon, Swedish dialect stinta teenager; see stunt1
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Word Origin and History for unstinting
adj.

late 14c., "unceasing," from un- (1) "not" + present participle of stint (v.). Meaning "lavish" attested by 1845.

stint

v.

"to limit, restrain, to be sparing or frugal," Old English styntan "to blunt, make dull," from Proto-Germanic *stuntijanan (cf. Old Norse stuttr "short, scant," Middle High German stunz "blunt, short," German stutzen "to cut short, curtail, stop, hesitate"), from PIE root *(s)teu- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (see steep (adj.)). Related: Stinted; stinting. The noun is attested from c.1300.

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