Meaning of STING in English


■ noun

1》 a small sharp-pointed organ of an insect, plant, etc. capable of inflicting a painful wound by injecting poison.

2》 a wound from such an organ.

3》 a sharp tingling sensation or hurtful effect.

4》 informal a carefully planned undercover operation.

■ verb ( past and past participle stung )

1》 wound with a ~.

2》 produce a ~ing sensation.

↘hurt; upset.

↘( ~ someone into ) goad someone into.

3》 informal swindle or exorbitantly overcharge.


~ in the tail an unexpected and unpleasant end to something.


~er noun

~ing adjective

~ingly adverb

~less adjective


OE ~ (n.), ~an (v.), of Gmc origin.

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