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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"

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

  10. Origin: [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. 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. French Proverb:

    Honey is sweet but bees sting.

  2. Muhammad Ali:

    Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

  3. Siddharth Astir:

    It doesn't ring, till it doesn't sting...

  4. Edward Young:

    To leave a sting within a brother's heart.

  5. Burmese Proverb:

    Beware of a man's shadow and a bee's sting.

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  • لسعArabic
  • píchnout, bodnoutCzech
  • stechen, beißen, Skorpionstich, verdeckte Operation, Stich, Insektenbiss, Bienenstich, Wespenstich, Biss, InsektenstichGerman
  • picaduraSpanish
  • pistää, purra, patti, pistos, paukama, purema, pistoFinnish
  • piquer, piqûreFrench
  • עֲקִיצָהHebrew
  • szúr, csípés, csípHungarian
  • խայթոցArmenian
  • pungereItalian
  • 食う, 刺す, 刺し傷, 刺傷, 虫さされJapanese
  • پێوه‌دانKurdish
  • dzeltLatvian
  • kakatiMāori
  • stikk, stikkeNorwegian
  • kąsać, żądlić, użądlić, ukąsićPolish
  • morder, ferroada, picada, picarPortuguese
  • kaniyQuechua
  • împunge, înțepa, pișcaRomanian
  • испытывать боль, ужалить, кусать, укус насекомого, причинять боль, чувствовать боль, болеть, жалить, укуситьRussian
  • stinga, stickaSwedish
  • కుట్టు, స్టింగ్Telugu
  • жалити, ужалити, кусати, укуситиUkrainian
  • näsäkastegül, skorpionastegül, stegül, bienastegül, flibastegül, stegülönVolapük

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