Meaning of STING in English


I. sting 1 /stɪŋ/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle stung /stʌŋ/)

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: stingan ]

1 . [intransitive and transitive] if an insect or a plant stings you, it makes a very small hole in your skin and you feel a sharp pain because of a poisonous substance:

He was stung by a bee.

► A bee, wasp, scorpion, or plant can sting you. For a mosquito or snake, use bite .

2 . [intransitive and transitive] to make something hurt with a sudden sharp pain, or to hurt like this:

Antiseptic stings a little.

Chopping onions makes my eyes sting.

3 . [intransitive, transitive usually passive] if you are stung by a remark, it makes you feel upset:

She had been stung by criticism.

sting somebody into (doing) something

Her harsh words stung him into action.

sting somebody for something British English informal

1 . to charge someone too much for something:

The garage stung him for £300.

2 . to borrow money from someone:

Can I sting you for a fiver?

II. sting 2 BrE AmE noun

1 . WOUND [countable] a wound or mark made when an insect or plant stings you:

a bee sting

2 . INSECT [countable] British English the sharp needle-shaped part of an insect’s or animal’s body, with which it stings you SYN stinger American English

3 . PAIN [singular] a sharp pain in your eyes or skin, caused by being hit, by smoke etc:

She felt the sting of tears in her eyes.

4 . a sting in the tail if a story, event, or announcement has a sting in its tail, there is an unpleasant part at the end of it

5 . [singular] the upsetting or bad effect of a situation:

the sting of rejection

take the sting out of something (=make something less unpleasant or painful)

She smiled to take the sting out of her words.

6 . CRIME [countable] a clever way of catching criminals in which the police secretly pretend to be criminals themselves

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.