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1 a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of nettles" [syn: stinging]
2 a mental pain or distress; "a pang of conscience" [syn: pang]
3 a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin [syn: bite, insect bite]
4 a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, flimflam]


1 cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face" [syn: bite, burn]
2 deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn: bite, prick]
3 saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; "They stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge tax bill" [syn: stick]
4 cause a stinging pain; "The needle pricked his skin" [syn: prick, twinge]
5 cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging; "His remark stung her" [also: stung]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1




  1. A bump left on the skin after having been stung.
  2. A bite by an insect.
  3. A sharp, localised pain primarily on the epidermis
  4. A police operation in which the police pretend to be criminals in order to catch a criminal.
  5. A short percussive phrase played by a drummer to accent the punchline in a comedy show.
  6. A brief sequence of music used in films & TV as a form of punctuation in a dramatic or comedic scene.
bump on skin after having been stung
bite by an insect
sharp, localised pain in epidermis
  • Finnish: pisto
police operation

Etymology 2

Old English stingan


  1. To hurt, usually by introducing poison or a sharp point.
    Right so came out an adder of a little heathbush, and it stung a knight in the foot.
    Still, it stung when a slightly older acquaintance asked me why I couldn't do any better.
  2. transitive of an insect To bite.
Derived terms
to hurt
  • Finnish: pistää, purra
  • Japanese: 刺す
of an insect: to bite
  • Finnish: pistää, purra
  • Hungarian: szúr, csíp
  • Japanese: 食う
  • Kurdish:

Old English


See the verb stingan


  1. sting

Extensive Definition

Sting may refer to:

People and Corporations


Fictional uses

Sports teams

See also

sting in Danish: Sting (flertydig)
sting in German: Stachel
sting in Spanish: Sting
sting in French: Dard
sting in Korean: 스팅
sting in Japanese: スティング
sting in Simple English: Sting (disambiguation)
sting in Swedish: Gadd
sting in Chinese: Sting

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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