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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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stingnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Serpents have venomous teeth, which are mistaken for their sting. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    His rapier was a hornet’s sting,
    It was a very dangerous thing:
    For if he chanc’d to hurt the king,
    It would be long in healing. Michael Drayton.

    The Jews receiving this book originally with such sting in it, shews that the authority was high. Duncan Forbes.

    It is not the jerk or sting of an epigram, nor the seeming contradiction of a poor antithesis. Dryden.

  2. To STINGverb

    Preterite, I stung, participle passive stang, and stung.

    Etymology: stingan , Saxon; stungen, sore pricked, Islandick.

    The snake, rolled in a flow’ry bank,
    With shining checker’d slough, doth sting a child
    That for the beauty thinks it excellent. William Shakespeare.

    That snakes and vipers sting and transmit their mischief by the tail is not easily to be justified, the poison lying about the teeth and communicated by the bite. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    His unkindness
    That stript her from his benediction, turn’d her
    To foreign casualties, gave her dear right,
    To his doghearted daughters: these things sting him
    So venomously, that burning shame detains him
    From his Cordelia. William Shakespeare.

    No more I wave
    To prove the hero. —— Slander stings the brave. Alexander Pope.

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. Edward Young:

    To leave a sting within a brother's heart.

  2. 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.

  3. Zach Honig:

    While there can be plenty of exciting moments, many aspects of work travel aren't as glamorous as you might think — being able to work toward a free vacation can certainly help take the sting out of spending so much in economy airplane seats and at cookie-cutter hotels instead of at home.

  4. Siddharth Astir:

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

  5. Kellie Mulhollen Dumas:

    We have suffered so much, i do n’t want anyone else to go through this ; he’s going to be permanently scarred. WOMAN CLAIMS SHE NEARLY LOST LEG AFTER CONTRACTING SERIOUS INFECTION FROM PEDICURE Hookworms are known as soil-transmitted parasite worms, and typically live in the small intestine. The eggs are transmitted through feces of an infected person, and the larvae can mature into a form that can penetrate through the skin of humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC), hookworm infection is mainly acquired by walking barefoot on contaminated soil. While most patients do not suffer any symptoms or side effects, some may experience gastrointestinal issues. The teen allegedly felt the worms moving throughout his body after a dermatologist tried to freeze them. ( Kelli Mulhollen Dumas Facebook) In a series of graphic photos posted on Friday, Kellie Mulhollen Dumas detailed her son’s injuries and said that after four trips to the pediatrician and an appointment with a dermatologist, he has been prescribed several medicines and a steroid but the pain persists. Kelli Mulhollen Dumas Facebook -RRB- still ca n’t wear shoes and has to soak the afflicted areas in bleach water. NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN DIES AFTER YELLOW JACKET STING, WIFE SAYS.

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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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    • A. obnoxious
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