Sting meaning

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To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ.

Do all bees sting?

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To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain.

Smoke stinging our eyes.

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The act of stinging.
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The ability or power to sting or wound.

Criticism with much sting in it.

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Any of the hollow, stinging hairs on some plants, as nettles.
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To spur on or stimulate by sharp irritation.
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To cause a sharp, smarting pain.

The needle will sting a little.

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The wound or pain caused by stinging.
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A sharp, piercing organ or part, often ejecting a venomous secretion, as the modified ovipositor of a bee or wasp or the spine of certain fishes.
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A hurtful quality or power.

The sting of rejection.

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A confidence game, especially one implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals.
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To prick or wound with a sting.
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To cause sharp, sudden, smarting pain to, by or as by pricking with a sharp point.

The cold wind stinging their cheeks.

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To stir up or stimulate suddenly and sharply.

Stung into action by her words.

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To cheat; esp., to overcharge.
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To use a sting; prick or wound with a sting.
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To cause or feel sharp, smarting pain, either physical or mental.

His arm stinging from the blow.

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The act of stinging.
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A pain or wound resulting from or as from stinging.
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To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
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To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain.

Smoke stinging our eyes.

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The act of stinging.
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The wound or pain caused by stinging.
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A sharp, piercing organ or part, often ejecting a venomous secretion, as the modified ovipositor of a bee or wasp or the spine of certain fishes.
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Sting is defined as to cause a sudden pain by wounding or pricking with a sharp point such as from an insect or plant.

An example of sting is for a bee to prick a person.

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To cause to suffer emotionally; make unhappy.

To be stung by one's conscience.

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The definition of a sting is a pricking, wounding or causing of pain, or the pain or wound from such an act, or is slang and means a situation in which undercover agents trap criminals.

An example of a sting is the act of pricking someone with a needle.

An example of a sting is a situation when the police set up an illegal drug operation in order to catch drug dealers.

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To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
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To cause to suffer keenly in the mind or feelings.

Those harsh words stung me.

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To cheat or overcharge.
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A keen stimulus or incitement; a goad or spur.

The sting of curiosity.

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A thing that urges or stimulates; goad.
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A sharp-pointed organ in insects and certain other animals, used to prick, wound, or inject poison.
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Origin of sting

  • Middle English stingen from Old English stingan stegh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition