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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sting, stingingnoun

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

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

  2. pang, stingnoun

    a mental pain or distress

    "a pang of conscience"

  3. sting, bite, insect bitenoun

    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, flimflamverb

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

  5. bite, sting, burnverb

    cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

    "The sun burned his face"

  6. sting, bite, prickverb

    deliver a sting to

    "A bee stung my arm yesterday"

  7. stick, stingverb

    saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

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

  8. prick, sting, twingeverb

    cause a stinging pain

    "The needle pricked his skin"

  9. stingverb

    cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging

    "His remark stung her"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stingverb

    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. Stingverb

    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. Stingverb

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

  4. Stingverb

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

  5. Stingverb

    a goad; incitement

  6. Stingverb

    the point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying

  7. Stingverb

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

  8. Stingverb

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

  9. Stingverb

    to goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches

  10. Etymology: [AS. stingan; akin to Icel. & Sw. stinga, Dan. stinge, and probably to E. stick, v.t.; cf. Goth. usstiggan to put out, pluck out. Cf. Stick, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sting

    sting, v.t. to stick anything sharp into, to pain acutely.—v.i. to have a sting: to give pain:—pa.t. and pa.p. stung.—n. the sharp-pointed weapon of some animals: the thrust of a sting into the flesh: anything that causes acute pain: any stimulus or impulse: the point in the last verse of an epigram.—n. Sting′er, one who, or that which, stings.—adv. Sting′ingly, with stinging.—adj. Sting′less, having no sting.—n. Sting′-ray, a genus of cartilaginous fishes, of the order of Rays, and family Trygonidæ, the long tail bearing dorsally a long bi-serrated spine capable of giving an ugly wound. [A.S. stingan; Ice. stinga.]

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  1. Sting

    the modified ovipositor in aculeate Hymenoptera.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sting in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sting in a Sentence

  1. Sam Willoughby:

    This one will sting for a while, but if there is one thing we have learned together, it’s that the sun comes up the next day and it can always be worse.

  2. Walter Savage Landor:

    Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.

  3. Michelle Obama:

    We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives: the folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety; the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores; the people at formal events who assumed we were the 'help,'.

  4. The Omani shed:

    Sting of a bee kills one person but sting of words hurt an entire nations

  5. Robert Travis:

    The yellow jackets, they like to sting me more than the honey bees, you get stung enough times you know what’s coming.

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  • لسعArabic
  • bodnout, píchnoutCzech
  • stechen, Stich, Biss, Insektenstich, Insektenbiss, verdeckte Operation, Wespenstich, Skorpionstich, Bienenstich, beißenGerman
  • picaduraSpanish
  • pisto, purra, pistos, purema, pistää, paukama, pattiFinnish
  • piquer, piqûreFrench
  • עֲקִיצָהHebrew
  • csípés, csíp, szúrHungarian
  • խայթոցArmenian
  • pungereItalian
  • 食う, 刺す, 虫さされ, 刺傷, 刺し傷Japanese
  • پێوه‌دانKurdish
  • dzeltLatvian
  • kakatiMāori
  • stikk, stikkeNorwegian
  • użądlić, ukąsić, żądlić, kąsaćPolish
  • picada, morder, ferroada, picarPortuguese
  • kaniyQuechua
  • înțepa, împunge, pișcaRomanian
  • ужалить, укусить, жалить, испытывать боль, болеть, чувствовать боль, причинять боль, кусать, укус насекомогоRussian
  • stinga, stickaSwedish
  • స్టింగ్, కుట్టుTelugu
  • кусати, жалити, ужалити, укуситиUkrainian
  • bienastegül, skorpionastegül, flibastegül, stegülön, näsäkastegül, stegülVolapük

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    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. flabby
    • C. splay
    • D. sesquipedalian

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