stinger

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noun sting·er \ˈstiŋ-ər\

Definition of stinger

  1. 1 :  one that stings; specifically :  a sharp blow or remark

  2. 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. 3 :  a cocktail usually consisting of brandy and white crème de menthe

Examples of stinger in a Sentence

  1. the stinger of a bee

  2. in the eighth round he delivered a stinger that knocked his opponent flat

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First Known Use of stinger

circa 1552


STINGER Defined for English Language Learners

stinger

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Definition of stinger for English Language Learners

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


STINGER Defined for Kids

stinger

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noun sting·er \ˈstiŋ-ər\

Definition of stinger for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

stinger

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noun sting·er \ˈstiŋ-ər\

Medical Definition of stinger

  1. 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. 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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