stinger

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

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

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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

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Ant stingers are slimmer than the width of a human hair. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Slow-motion video reveals how ants deliver their painful venom," 2 Aug. 2019 Chris Davis then smoked a liner the other way with the infield shifting him to pull, but third baseman Mike Brosseau remained on the left side and caught Davis’ stinger. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles break up Rays’ combined perfect game bid in ninth, lose 4-1," 14 July 2019 Unlike honey bees, yellow jackets do not lose their stinger, so each insect can sting repeatedly and generally attack in large numbers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Alabamians, Beware the Wasp ‘Super Nest’," 1 July 2019 Can’t tell if that little protruding nub is a stinger or not. oregonlive.com, "Ask an Expert: Insect traveling through greenhouse is ‘looking for love’ won’t damage plants," 12 July 2019 The adult flies resemble small black wasps, minus a stinger, and are generally harmless to humans. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Maggots: A taste of food’s future," 3 July 2019 Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt is day-to-day with a stinger in the same shoulder that’s given him problems recently. . Joe Stiglich, The Seattle Times, "Shanahan defends 49ers’ handling of troubled LB Foster," 26 Nov. 2018 Thompson sat out the exhibition finale with rib and stinger injuries suffered against Minnesota and was limited in practice Monday. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Top 10 things Pete Carroll said Monday: Shaquem Griffin, captains named, injury updates and more," 3 Sep. 2018 The Tiger that showed up on the weekend at Sawgrass, the guy hitting 280-yard stingers on a string and flighting wedges to get to back pins and nipping 40-yard pitch shots off tight lies perfectly, is one of the 30 best players in the world. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Did TPC Sawgrass Play Too Easy?," 15 May 2018

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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

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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