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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stingstɪŋ(v.; n.)stung, sting•ing

  1. (v.t.)to prick or wound with a sharp-pointed, often venom-bearing organ.

    Category: Zoology

  2. to affect painfully or irritatingly as a result of contact, as certain plants do.

  3. to cause to smart or to feel a sharp pain.

  4. to cause mental or moral anguish.

  5. to goad or drive, as by sharp irritation.

  6. Slang. to cheat or take advantage of, esp. to overcharge; soak.

    Category: Status (usage)

  7. (v.i.)to use, have, or wound with a sting, as bees.

  8. to cause a sharp, smarting pain.

  9. to cause or feel acute mental pain or irritation:

    The memory of that insult still stings.

  10. to feel a smarting pain, as from a blow or the sting of an insect.

  11. (n.)an act or an instance of stinging.

    Category: Pathology

  12. a wound, pain, or smart caused by stinging.

    Category: Pathology

  13. any sharp physical or mental wound, hurt, or pain.

  14. anything or an element in anything that wounds, pains, or irritates.

  15. capacity to wound or pain:

    Satire has a sting.

  16. a sharp stimulus or incitement.

  17. any of various sharp-pointed, often venom-bearing organs of insects or other animals.

    Category: Zoology

  18. Slang. an ostensibly illegal operation, as the buying of stolen goods, used by undercover investigators to collect evidence of wrongdoing.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

    Ref: confidence game.

Origin of sting:

bef. 900; OE stingan, c. ON stinga to pierce

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sting, stinging(noun)

    a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung

    "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles"

  2. pang, sting(noun)

    a mental pain or distress

    "a pang of conscience"

  3. sting, bite, insect bite(noun)

    a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

  4. bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, sting, flimflam(verb)

    a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

  5. bite, sting, burn(verb)

    cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

    "The sun burned his face"

  6. sting, bite, prick(verb)

    deliver a sting to

    "A bee stung my arm yesterday"

  7. stick, sting(verb)

    saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

    "They stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge tax bill"

  8. prick, sting, twinge(verb)

    cause a stinging pain

    "The needle pricked his skin"

  9. sting(verb)

    cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging

    "His remark stung her"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sting(verb)ɪŋ

    (of an insect or animal) to prick skin with poison

    nettles that sting; I was stung by a wasp.

  2. stingɪŋ

    to be or cause to be painful with a burning sensation

    The needle will sting your arm a little as it goes in.; Hay fever can make people's eyes sting.

  3. stingɪŋ

    to upset

    His words stung me.

  4. sting(noun)ɪŋ

    a painful spot where an insect or animal stings you

    a bee/wasp sting

  5. stingɪŋ

    a painful feeling on your skin

    the sting of the cold wind

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sting(verb)

    any sharp organ of offense and defense, especially when connected with a poison gland, and adapted to inflict a wound by piercing; as the caudal sting of a scorpion. The sting of a bee or wasp is a modified ovipositor. The caudal sting, or spine, of a sting ray is a modified dorsal fin ray. The term is sometimes applied to the fang of a serpent. See Illust. of Scorpion

  2. Sting(verb)

    a sharp-pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which secrets an acrid fluid, as in nettles. The points of these hairs usually break off in the wound, and the acrid fluid is pressed into it

  3. Sting(verb)

    anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach

  4. Sting(verb)

    the thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging

  5. Sting(verb)

    a goad; incitement

  6. Sting(verb)

    the point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying

  7. Sting(verb)

    to pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands

  8. Sting(verb)

    to pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite

  9. Sting(verb)

    to goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches


  1. Sting

    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He is best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist for the rock band The Police before launching a solo career. Sting has varied his musical style, incorporating distinct elements of jazz, reggae, classical, New Age, and worldbeat into his music. As a solo musician and member of the Police, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, three Brit Awards – winning Best British Male in 1994, a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, and several Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Anagrams of sting

  1. Tings

Translations for sting

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a part of some plants, insects etc, eg nettles and wasps, that can prick and inject an irritating or poisonous fluid into the wound.

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