Definitions of sting

  1. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; " The sun burned his face"
  2. a painful wound caused by the thrust of a stinger into skin
  3. of insects, scorpions, or other animals; " A bee stung my arm yesterday."
  4. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  5. a mental pain or distress; " a pang of conscience"
  6. cause a stinging pain; " The needle pricked his skin"
  7. saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; " They stuck me with the dinner bill"; " I was stung with a huge tax bill"
  8. a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung; " the sting of death"; " he felt the stinging of nettles"
  9. cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging; " His remark stung her"
  10. a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
  11. deliver a sting to; " A bee stung my arm yesterday"
  12. Any sharp organ of offense and defense, especially when connected with a poison gland, and adapted to inflict a wound by piercing; as the caudal sting of a scorpion. The sting of a bee or wasp is a modified ovipositor. The caudal sting, or spine, of a sting ray is a modified dorsal fin ray. The term is sometimes applied to the fang of a serpent. See Illust. of Scorpion.
  13. A sharp- pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which secrets an acrid fluid, as in nettles. The points of these hairs usually break off in the wound, and the acrid fluid is pressed into it.
  14. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
  15. A goad; incitement.
  16. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
  17. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
  18. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite.
  19. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
  20. The sharp- pointed, often poisonous, organ with which certain animals and insects are furnished; one of the stiff, sharp- pointed, hollow hairs of certain plants; the thrust of such an organ or hair; the wound made by it; a sharp, smarting mental or physical pain.
  21. To pierce or wound with, or as with, a sting; cause a sharp, smarting pain to; as, cold stings the face; goad or drive, as by taunts or reproaches; cause to suffer keenly; as, remorse stings his soul.
  22. To inflict a sharp, smarting wound; as, the wasp stings; to be sharply painful.
  23. Stinger.
  24. Stung.
  25. Stinging.
  26. To stick anything sharp into, to pain acutely:- pa. t. and pa. p. stung.
  27. The sharp- pointed weapon of some animals: the thrust of a sting into the flesh: anything that causes acute pain: the point in the last verse of an epigram.
  28. Pointed weapon of some animals; puncture of a sting; anything causing sharp pain. esp. with a sting; pain acutely.
  29. To pierce with a sting; use a sting.
  30. To cause a sensation, as from a sting.
  31. To be keenly painful.
  32. The act of stinging; the wound made by a sting.
  33. Zool. A sharp organ capable of inflicting a painful and poisonous wound.
  34. A spur; goad.
  35. A sharp pointed weapon with which certain animals are armed for their defence; the thrust of a sting into the flesh; anything that gives acute pain; the point in the last verse of an epigram; that which gives the principal pain or constitutes the chief terror.
  36. To pierce with a sting, like a wasp or scorpion; to pain acutely.
  37. The sharp- pointed weapon possessed by certain insects as a means of defence, as the wasp, the bee, & c.; anything that gives acute pain; that which constitutes the principal pain or terror; the point of an epigram.
  38. To pierce with a sharp- pointed weapon; to pain acutely.
  39. A stinging hair or cell; the spine of a sting- ray; an offensive and defensive organ for piercing, and usually also for inoculating with poison, as in the wasp.

Usage examples for sting

  1. Because I could not sleep Terror began to wake, Close at my side to creep And sting me like a snake. – Poems New and Old by John Freeman
  2. Show no consternation: close your fingers firmly upon the gift; let it sting through your palm. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  3. She would have preferred to believe the letter, for such a belief would have rid her of the sting of self- reproach; but, try as she might, she could not wholly get her consent to it. – A Manifest Destiny by Julia Magruder
  4. But they can't sting with their feet. – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  5. The small sting had planted itself at last in the great nature. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  6. " I hope it will never sting me, then," said Joyce. – A Hive of Busy Bees by Effie M. Williams
  7. You would sting me- here also. – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman
  8. He wrinkled up his forehead a little, at the sting in that speech, but he could not keep from grinning. – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  9. " Feel the sting of the spray," he commanded. – She Buildeth Her House by Will Comfort
  10. Is the sting of Chitta- wewa still painful? – The Flamingo Feather by Kirk Munroe
  11. She did not answer this, but soon afterwards she wrote to Elspeth, and he was not mentioned in the letter proper, but it carried a sting in its tail. – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  12. When I left her at the corner of the lane I felt a sting of her deep reproach in my mind. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  13. You gotta sting your class of trade in order to have 'em appreciate you. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  14. From that time his vague dreams began to lift, and to let him live in the clear light of common day; but he was still lingering at Florence, ignorant of the good which had befallen him, and cowering within himself under the sting of wounded vanity, when he received a letter from his elder brother suggesting that he should come and see how he liked the architecture of Des Vaches. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  15. The sharp sting in the thought of going away had been that she must leave him to the ignorant devotion or neglect of somebody else- some other woman was going to have the dear delight of making him comfortable. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett
  16. I think I will try the porcupine, and then I will sting the rabbit. – Uncle Wiggily's Travels by Howard R. Garis
  17. " I say, Tom Long," the latter said, with a laugh, " which of us two will get the first taste of that brown insect's sting?" – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  18. The sting lay in the fact that someone had troubled to think them. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  19. They knew, without any effort of reflection, that it is a remembrance which makes the sting of many a death- bed. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  20. And that regret, that I could not enjoy Such happiness, which weighs upon the mind, And turns to poison pleasure that has passed, Did still its thorn within my bosom lodge, As I the past recalled; but shame, indeed, Left not its cruel sting within this heart. – The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi