"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.