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 League sources inform The Republic that Paul suffered a stinger but should be good for Game 2 Tuesday against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 24 May 2021 In other injury news, Shanahan said running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) and inside linebacker Fred Warner (shoulder stinger) are undergoing more testing and more would be known about their status before the first practice of the week on Wednesday. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, 14 Dec. 2020 Both wasps and bees come with a stinger for self defense. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 12 May 2021 Cicadas are not harmful, although the female has a stinger, said Barber, an independent research writer and regional program director for Charles Houston Community Writers in Alexandria, Virginia. Billy Jean Louis, baltimoresun.com, 6 May 2021 John Wolford started at quarterback for the Rams against Seattle, but left early in the game with a neck stinger that will prevent him from playing Saturday. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 Jan. 2021 The piece’s top is covered with hivelike ceramic tiles and balanced above an impossibly tiny midriff on stinger-like legs. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2021 John Wolford started at quarterback for the Rams against Seattle, but left early in the game with a neck stinger that will prevent him from playing Saturday. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 Jan. 2021 John Wolford started at quarterback for the Rams against Seattle, but left early in the game with a neck stinger that will prevent him from playing Saturday. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 Jan. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stinger. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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stinger

noun

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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