Meaning of STING in English



Pronunciation: ' sti ŋ

Function: verb

Inflected Form: stung \ ' st ə ŋ \ ; sting · ing \ ' sti ŋ -i ŋ \

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

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1 : to prick painfully: 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 · ing · ly \ -i ŋ -l ē \ adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.