Meaning of STING in English


— stingingly , adv. — stingless , adj.

/sting/ , v. , stung or ( Obs. ) stang; stung; stinging; n.


1. to prick or wound with a sharp-pointed, often venom-bearing organ.

2. to affect painfully or irritatingly as a result of contact, as certain plants do: to be stung by nettles.

3. to cause to smart or to cause a sharp pain: The blowing sand stung his eyes.

4. to cause mental or moral anguish: to be stung with remorse.

5. to goad or drive, as by sharp irritation.

6. Slang. to cheat or take advantage of, esp. to overcharge; soak.


7. to use, have, or wound with a sting, as bees.

8. to cause a sharp, smarting pain, as some plants, an acrid liquid or gas, or a slap or hit.

9. to cause acute mental pain or irritation, as annoying thoughts or one's conscience: The memory of that insult still stings.

10. to feel acute mental pain or irritation: He was stinging from the blow to his pride.

11. to feel a smarting pain, as from a blow or the sting of an insect.


12. an act or an instance of stinging.

13. a wound, pain, or smart caused by stinging.

14. any sharp physical or mental wound, hurt, or pain.

15. anything or an element in anything that wounds, pains, or irritates: to feel the sting of defeat; Death, where is thy sting?

16. capacity to wound or pain: Satire has a sting.

17. a sharp stimulus or incitement: driven by the sting of jealousy; the sting of ambition.

18. Bot. a glandular hair on certain plants, as nettles, that emits an irritating fluid.

19. Zool. any of various sharp-pointed, often venom-bearing organs of insects and other animals capable of inflicting painful or dangerous wounds.

20. Slang.

a. See confidence game .

b. an ostensibly illegal operation, as the buying of stolen goods or the bribing of public officials, used by undercover investigators to collect evidence of wrongdoing.

[ bef. 900; (v.) ME stingen, OE stingan to pierce; c. ON stinga to pierce, Goth -stangan (in usstangan to pull out); (n.) ME sting ( e ), OE: act of stinging, deriv. of the v. ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .