Meaning of STING in English


I. ˈstiŋ verb

( stung ˈstəŋ ; sting·ing ˈstiŋ-iŋ)

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

3. : overcharge , cheat

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 -iŋ-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: before 12th century


a. : the act of stinging ; specifically : the thrust of a stinger into the flesh

b. : a wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging

2. : stinger 2

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

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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.