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1sting

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
1
:  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>
2
:  to cause to suffer acutely <stung with remorse>
intransitive verb
1
:  to wound one with or as if with a sting
2
:  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

2sting

noun

: 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

1
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
2
:  stinger 2
3
:  a sharp or stinging element, force, or quality
4
:  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
STINGING Defined for Kids

1sting

verb \ˈstiŋ\
stung \ˈstəŋ\sting·ing

Definition of STING for Kids

1
:  to prick painfully usually with a sharp or poisonous stinger <A bee stung my hand.>
2
:  to suffer or affect with sharp quick burning pain <Hail stung their faces.>
3
:  to hurt emotionally <She was stung by the harsh criticism.>

2sting

noun

Definition of STING for Kids

1
:  an act of pricking painfully usually with a sharp or poisonous stinger <a bee's sting>
2
:  a wound or burning pain caused by the pricking of the skin with a stinger <the sting of a bitter wind>
3
:  emotional pain <the sting of criticism>
4
:  stinger

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