Meaning of stint


The noun stint means a set amount of time in which you do something — often work of some sort. “She served a stint in the army, followed by a stint in an office setting, before settling on a career as a lounge singer.”

Unlike a project or vocation, a stint can refer to the stretch of time spent doing a particular job. You apply for a job, but you refer to your past stint in the Peace Corps. As a verb, stint means to be sparing or frugal, or restrict in a stingy manner (“to skimp”). “The school board chose to make cuts at the administrative level, rather than stint on the children’s education.”

Definitions of stint
  1. verb

    supply sparingly and with restricted quantities


    scant, skimp

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    type of:

    furnish, provide, render, supply

    give something useful or necessary to

  2. verb

    subsist on a meager allowance


    scrimp, skimp

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    type of:


    spend less; buy at a reduced price

  3. noun

    an unbroken period of time during which you do something



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    type of:

    continuance, duration

    the period of time during which something continues

  4. noun

    an individual’s prescribed share of work

    stint as a lifeguard exhausted her”
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    type of:

    chore, job, task

    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee

  5. noun

    smallest American sandpiper


    Erolia minutilla, least sandpiper

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    any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers

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