stinger

noun
sting·​er | \ ˈstiŋ-ər How to pronounce stinger (audio) \
plural stingers

Definition of stinger

1 : one that stings specifically : a sharp blow or remark
2 : a sharp organ (as of a bee, scorpion, or stingray) that is usually connected with a poison gland or otherwise adapted to wound by piercing and injecting a poison
3 : a cocktail usually consisting of brandy and white crème de menthe
4 medical : a usually sports-related injury of the brachial plexus marked by a painful burning sensation that radiates from the neck down the arm and is often accompanied by weakness or numbness of the affected area Arrington had missed the second quarter with a concussion and a stinger that left him, momentarily, without feeling in his left arm.— Peter King

called also burner

5 : a short scene that appears during or after the closing credits of a movie or TV program And don't walk out of said theater too fast either; the credits offer two stingers, one points the way toward a new comic franchise, another includes an escaped space monster.— D. J. Palladino

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Examples of stinger in a Sentence

the stinger of a bee in the eighth round he delivered a stinger that knocked his opponent flat
Recent Examples on the Web McDonald had exited Thursday's game with a stinger, and Kingsbury said Monday that the injury was lingering. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson says he will 'definitely' play," 6 Nov. 2019 The team is also monitoring the health of defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah, who left last weekend's game with a stinger. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Seahawks vs. Packers NFC divisional-round playoff preview: Can Seattle triumph again on road?," 12 Jan. 2019 Severity not known immediately -- CJ Verdell has stinger, hyper-extended. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What Mario Cristobal said after Oregon beat Arizona," 17 Nov. 2019 Running from October 23 to November 22, Scorpio season is Halloween time, Election Day, and the birthdays of millions of Scorpios hiding in dark corners of the world with their stingers poised to strike. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Your Survival Guide to Scorpio Season Is Finally Here," 25 Oct. 2019 One night, a bartender called in sick, and a customer ordered a brandy stinger. The New Yorker, "Our Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Starting right tackle Roderick Johnson sustained a stinger and had to be replaced by new tackle Dan Skipper in his first game since being signed off the New England Patriots' practice squad. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' injuries piling up; Johnathan Joseph predicts speedy return," 20 Oct. 2019 Now, in a video posted online this week, a researcher has recorded the first ever close-up look at how these stingers work. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Slow-motion video reveals how ants deliver their painful venom," 2 Aug. 2019 Jordan Howard is iffy while trying to recover from a stinger, which puts a wrench in the thunder-and-lightning back combo that Doug Pederson has been developing. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Saints, just 2-2 in Drew Brees starts this season, can't overlook Bucs after ugly loss last weekend," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stinger

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stinger was circa 1552

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“Stinger.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stinger. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for stinger

stinger

noun
How to pronounce stinger (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stinger

chiefly US : a pointed part on an insect and animal that is used to sting someone

stinger

noun
sting·​er | \ ˈstiŋ-ər How to pronounce stinger (audio) \

Kids Definition of stinger

: a sharp part of an animal (as a bee or scorpion) that is used to wound and often poison prey or an enemy

stinger

noun
sting·​er | \ ˈstiŋ-ər How to pronounce stinger (audio) \

Medical Definition of stinger

1 : a sharp organ (as of a wasp, bee, scorpion, or stingray) that is usually connected with a poison gland or otherwise adapted to wound by piercing and injecting a poison
2 : a usually sports-related injury of the brachial plexus marked by a painful burning sensation that radiates from the neck down the arm and is often accompanied by weakness or numbness of the affected area

called also burner

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