Meaning of STING in English


n. & v.


1. a sharp often poisonous wounding organ of an insect, snake, nettle, etc.

2 a the act of inflicting a wound with this. b the wound itself or the pain caused by it.

3 a wounding or painful quality or effect (the sting of hunger; stings of remorse).

4 pungency, sharpness, vigour (a sting in the voice).

5 sl. a swindle or robbery.

--v. (past and past part. stung)

1. a tr. wound or pierce with a sting. b intr. be able to sting; have a sting.

2 intr. & tr. feel or cause to feel a tingling physical or sharp mental pain.

3 tr. (foll. by into) incite by a strong or painful mental effect (was stung into replying).

4 tr. sl. swindle or charge exorbitantly.

Phrases and idioms:

stinging-nettle a nettle, Urtica dioica, having stinging hairs. sting in the tail unexpected pain or difficulty at the end.


stingingly adv. stingless adj. stinglike adj.

Etymology: OE sting (n.), stingan (v.), f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.