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[with object, often with negative]
1Supply a very ungenerous or inadequate amount of (something): stowage room hasn’t been stinted
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  • Just as he stints discussion of aesthetics, so he repeatedly writes as if authorial intention were merely instrumental, a matter of having one's say about certain issues.
  • First, federal education spending under him is up nearly 50 percent over the final year of the past presidency, so the coalition's charge that the president is stinting the schools is just bunk.
  • He played his part well, paying no girl more attention than another, but never stinting his smiles and nods.
1.1Restrict (someone) in the amount of something, especially money, given or permitted: to avoid having to stint yourself, budget in advance
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  • It really is a completion of something that gives me strength in my work, to be able to go and explore and do things, and also it stints me in certain things about what I would do, because I have children now.
  • He could have stinted him.
  • William and his family had not stinted themselves either.
1.2 [no object] Be very economical or mean about spending or providing something: he doesn’t stint on wining and dining
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  • By stinting on the stonework needed for the projects, they obtained some 10 million yuan they were not entitled to from government.
  • His menus are, like most in Brittany, mainly based on the fresh rich pickings of the sea: simply cooked with the minimum of fuss and, apart from the optional menu diétetique, rarely stinting on the butter and cream.
  • He assured me he didn't believe in stinting on pain medication.
skimp on, scrimp on, be economical with, economize on, be sparing with, hold back on, be frugal with;
be mean with, be parsimonious with, be niggardly with;
limit, restrict;
pinch pennies, spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar
informal be stingy with, be mingy with, be tight-fisted with, be tight with


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1A person’s fixed or allotted period of work: his varied career included a stint as a magician
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  • His early career included floor managing stints with the BBC and Granada, and he worked on the first series of Till Death Us Do Part in the mid-1960s.
  • Kay's career also included stints at Atari, Apple, and Disney.
  • His career included stints as papal secretary and chancellor of Florence.
spell, stretch, period, time, turn, run, session, term;
shift, tour of duty, watch
2 [mass noun] Limitation of supply or effort: a collector with an eye for quality and the means to indulge it without stint
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  • Accordingly he made presents and wasted money without stint.
  • But it is said that in Cuba and Brazil this increase of slave labour, without stint or limit, is acting wholesomely, in checking the importation by creating a fear of the slaves themselves.
  • The Democratic Party is intent on maintaining Carhart and the whole panoply of current abortion rights, without stint or moderation.


Old English styntan 'make blunt', of Germanic origin; related to stunt1.

Words that rhyme with stint

asquint, bint, clint, dint, flint, glint, hint, imprint, lint, mint, misprint, print, quint, skint, splint, sprint, squint, tint
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A small short-legged sandpiper of northern Eurasia and Alaska, with a brownish back and white underparts.
  • Genus Calidris, family Scolopacidae: four species
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  • More than half a dozen species of birds have come to roost, which include black-winged stilts, cattle and little egrets, little stints, common sandpipers, pond herons and little winged plovers.
  • International birders include four Eurasian sandpipers, called stints, on the peeps roster.
  • In the Adyar river, black winged stilts, three varieties of egrets and migrants such as golden plovers, sand pipers and little stints are to be found.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

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