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 sparring 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."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: stint

1
vn
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
an unbroken period of time during which you do something
2
n
smallest American sandpiper
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: stint
1

v supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

Synonyms:
scant, skimp
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v subsist on a meager allowance

Synonyms:
scrimp, skimp
Type of:
save
spend less; buy at a reduced price

n an unbroken period of time during which you do something

Synonyms:
stretch
Type of:
continuance, duration
the period of time during which something continues

n an individual's prescribed share of work

“her stint as a lifeguard exhausted her”
Type of:
chore, job, task
a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
2

n smallest American sandpiper

Synonyms:
Erolia minutilla, least sandpiper
Type of:
sandpiper
any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers
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