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 The tactical team opened the operation with a stinger grenade, an explosive device that emits a piercing sound, a blinding light and rubber pellets, and then spews smoke. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 When Garcia then begins to damage his cell, deputies use a barrage of weapons on him, including a stinger grenade. CBS News, "California inmate who died while in restraints cried out for help: "Somebody's gotta help me"," 16 June 2020 This curve of stars marks the scorpion’s tail and stinger. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "Things to look for in the night sky this summer 🌌," 10 June 2020 The stinger is a gun that fires plastic ammunition with a top made of a dense foam material. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Texas police deployed less-lethal ammunition to control protests. Now policymakers want to ban the weapons.," 9 June 2020 Clemson learned of the problem with Ross’ neck and spine after the Phenix City native experienced stinger-like symptoms during the spring. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Clemson star WR Justyn Ross has neck/spine issue, will miss 2020 season," 1 June 2020 The second is a monumental stinger capable of repeatedly penetrating a beekeeper’s protective suit and delivering whopping doses of venom. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "“Murder Hornet,” He Wrote," 27 May 2020 Like all wasps and other hornets, and unlike honeybees, giant hornets have smooth stingers that allow them to attack repeatedly. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, "Do “Murder Hornets” Really Exist?," 13 May 2020 Of course, the episode’s stinger made all of that comfort immediately disappear. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "The Flash finale recap: Failure isn't an option for Mirror Mistress," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of stinger

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stinger. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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