verb \ˈstiŋ\

of an insect, plant, or animal : to hurt (someone) by piercing the skin with a sharp, pointed part that usually contains poison

: to cause a quick, sharp pain

: to feel a quick sharp pain

stung \ˈstəŋ\ sting·ing \ˈstiŋ-iŋ\

Full Definition of STING

transitive verb
:  to prick painfully: as
a :  to pierce or wound with a poisonous or irritating process
b :  to affect with sharp quick pain or smart <hail stung their faces>
:  to cause to suffer acutely <stung with remorse>
intransitive verb
:  to wound one with or as if with a sting
:  to feel a keen burning pain or smart; also :  to cause such pain
sting·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of STING

  1. I got stung by a bee.
  2. The jellyfish stung the swimmer.
  3. The bees will sting if you bother them.
  4. The iodine will sting for a few minutes.
  5. The cold rain stung my eyes.
  6. The smoke made our eyes sting.
  7. She was stung by their harsh criticism.

Origin of STING

Middle English, from Old English stingan; akin to Old Norse stinga to sting and probably to Greek stachys spike of grain, stochos target, aim
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to STING



: a quick, sharp pain

: an injury caused when an insect or animal stings you

: a complicated and clever plan that is meant to deceive someone especially in order to catch criminals

Full Definition of STING

a :  the act of stinging; specifically :  the thrust of a stinger into the flesh
b :  a wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging
:  stinger 2
:  a sharp or stinging element, force, or quality
:  an elaborate confidence game; specifically :  such a game worked by undercover police in order to trap criminals

Examples of STING

  1. When you get the shot, you'll feel a little sting.
  2. His arm was covered with bee stings.
  3. They were caught in a drug sting.
  4. a sting operation by police

First Known Use of STING

before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine


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