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sting

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verb \ˈstiŋ\

Definition of sting

stung

play \ˈstəŋ\;

stinging

play \ˈstiŋ-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prick painfully: such asa :  to pierce or wound with a poisonous or irritating processb :  to affect with sharp quick pain or smart hail stung their faces

  3. 2 :  to cause to suffer acutely stung with remorse

  4. 3 :  overcharge, cheat

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to wound one with or as if with a sting

  7. 2 :  to feel a keen burning pain or smart; also :  to cause such pain

stingingly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of sting in a Sentence

  1. I got stung by a bee.

  2. The jellyfish stung the swimmer.

  3. The bees will sting if you bother them.

  4. The iodine will sting for a few minutes.

  5. The cold rain stung my eyes.

  6. The smoke made our eyes sting.

  7. She was stung by their harsh criticism.

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Origin and Etymology of sting

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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sting

noun

Definition of sting

  1. 1a :  the act of stinging; specifically :  the thrust of a stinger into the fleshb :  a wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging

  2. 2 :  stinger 2

  3. 3 :  a sharp or stinging element, force, or quality

  4. 4 :  an elaborate confidence game; specifically :  such a game worked by undercover police in order to trap criminals

Examples of sting in a Sentence

  1. When you get the shot, you'll feel a little sting.

  2. His arm was covered with bee stings.

  3. They were caught in a drug sting.

  4. a sting operation by police

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First Known Use of sting

before 12th century

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STING Defined for English Language Learners

sting

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verb

Definition of sting for English Language Learners

  • of an insect, plant, or animal : to hurt (someone) by piercing the skin with a sharp, pointed part that usually contains poison

  • : to cause a quick, sharp pain

  • : to feel a quick sharp pain

sting

noun

Definition of sting for English Language Learners

  • : a quick, sharp pain

  • : an injury caused when an insect or animal stings you

  • : a complicated and clever plan that is meant to deceive someone especially in order to catch criminals


STING Defined for Kids

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sting

play
verb \ˈstiŋ\

Definition of sting for Students

stung

\ˈstəŋ\;

stinging

  1. 1 :  to prick painfully usually with a sharp or poisonous stinger A bee stung my hand.

  2. 2 :  to suffer or affect with sharp quick burning pain Hail stung their faces.

  3. 3 :  to hurt emotionally She was stung by the harsh criticism.


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sting

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noun

Definition of sting for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of pricking painfully usually with a sharp or poisonous stinger a bee's sting

  2. 2 :  a wound or burning pain caused by the pricking of the skin with a stinger the sting of a bitter wind

  3. 3 :  emotional pain the sting of criticism

  4. 4 :  stinger


Medical Dictionary

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sting

play
verb \ˈstiŋ\

Medical Definition of sting

stung

\ˈstəŋ\play ;

stinging

\ˈstiŋ-iŋ\play
  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to prick painfully: asa:  to pierce or wound with a poisonous or irritating processb:  to affect with sharp quick pain

  3. intransitive verb

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


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sting

noun

Medical Definition of sting

  1. 1a:  the act of stinging; specifically :  the thrust of a stinger into the fleshb:  a wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging

  2. 2:  stinger 1


Law Dictionary

sting

noun

Legal Definition of sting

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



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