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."

Primary Meanings of stint

supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
an unbroken period of time during which you do something
smallest American sandpiper
Full Definitions of stint

v supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

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

v subsist on a meager allowance

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

n an unbroken period of time during which you do something

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

n smallest American sandpiper

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

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