sting

verb
\ ˈstiŋ How to pronounce sting (audio) \
stung\ ˈstəŋ How to pronounce sting (audio) \; stinging\ ˈstiŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce sting (audio) \

Definition of sting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to prick painfully: such as
a : to pierce or wound with a poisonous or irritating process
b : to affect with sharp quick pain or smart hail stung their faces
2 : to cause to suffer acutely stung with remorse

intransitive verb

1 : to wound one with or as if with a sting
2 : to feel a keen burning pain or smart also : to cause such pain

sting

noun

Definition of sting (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of stinging specifically : the thrust of a stinger into the flesh
b : a wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging
3 : a sharp or stinging element, force, or quality
4 : an elaborate confidence game specifically : such a game worked by undercover police in order to trap criminals

Other Words from sting

Verb

stingingly \ ˈstiŋ-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce sting (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for sting

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of sting in a Sentence

Verb I got stung by a bee. The jellyfish stung the swimmer. The bees will sting if you bother them. The iodine will sting for a few minutes. The cold rain stung my eyes. The smoke made our eyes sting. She was stung by their harsh criticism. Noun When you get the shot, you'll feel a little sting. His arm was covered with bee stings. They were caught in a drug sting. a sting operation by police See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Knowles has always been known more as a schemer than as a recruiter, but that doesn’t take the sting out of how linebacker recruiting has gone in 2023. Stephen Means, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2022 High prices for oil and wheat are hammering countries that borrowed heavily last year to fund pandemic relief, leaving little public money for measures that would take the sting out of rising costs, officials said in a new report. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Ultimately, no amount of childcare or wealth takes the sting out of having to change four diapers in a row. Emma Specter, Vogue, 27 July 2022 The school board's actions are enough to make World readers pray for an FBI sting operation. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 17 July 2022 Why do some claim the Patriot Front is an FBI sting operation? Grayson Quay, The Week, 6 July 2022 Meanwhile, inflation continues to sting businesses. CBS News, 8 June 2022 Reed was freed in an exchange for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian cargo plane pilot who was jailed in the U.S. in 2011, after he was seized in a DEA sting operation and convicted of plotting to smuggle large quantities of cocaine. Bypatrick Reevell, ABC News, 4 May 2022 In 2001, Ortiz stole a car that had been left unlocked in an alley in Whittier as part of a police sting operation. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But, for now, that doesn’t ease the sting of losing out on having Hader around the clubhouse. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 People determined to hit the road still have ways to at least ease the sting of gas prices. Gregory Wallace, CNN, 21 June 2022 Yet the reassurance of a new deal, the second-place finish and the likelihood of being a contender in the 2023 Indy 500 didn’t ease the sting of the 1.7929 difference between O’Ward and the glass of milk. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2022 Sullivan said Biden is still studying the issue, particularly whether removing the tariffs would ease the sting of inflation by lowering prices. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 The Japanese government is addressing the energy issue not by trying to change currency rates but by giving subsidies to oil distributors and preparing other support to ease the sting. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 The coronavirus could yet evolve into more severe variants, although vaccines would still be expected to blunt their sting. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 11 July 2022 Officials say their sting can be extremely painful and can lead to hospitalization. Fox News, 6 July 2022 Jews in the South had also felt the sting of discrimination, persecution and attacks from the Ku Klux Klan. al, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sting

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sting

Verb

Middle English, from Old English stingan; akin to Old Norse stinga to sting and probably to Greek stachys spike of grain, stochos target, aim

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15 Aug 2022

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sting

verb
\ ˈstiŋ How to pronounce sting (audio) \
stung\ ˈstəŋ \; stinging

Kids Definition of sting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to prick painfully usually with a sharp or poisonous stinger A bee stung my hand.
2 : to suffer or affect with sharp quick burning pain Hail stung their faces.
3 : to hurt emotionally She was stung by the harsh criticism.

sting

noun

Kids Definition of sting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of pricking painfully usually with a sharp or poisonous stinger a bee's sting
2 : a wound or burning pain caused by the pricking of the skin with a stinger the sting of a bitter wind
3 : emotional pain the sting of criticism
4 : stinger

sting

verb
\ ˈstiŋ How to pronounce sting (audio) \
stung\ ˈstəŋ How to pronounce sting (audio) \; stinging\ ˈstiŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce sting (audio) \

Medical Definition of sting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to prick painfully: as
a : to pierce or wound with a poisonous or irritating process
b : to affect with sharp quick pain

intransitive verb

: to feel or cause a keen burning pain or smart the injection stung

sting

noun

Medical Definition of sting (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of stinging specifically : the thrust of a stinger into the flesh
b : a wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging

sting

noun

Legal Definition of sting

: an elaborate confidence game specifically : such a game worked by undercover police in order to catch criminals

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