Definitions of sting

  1. To pierce with a sting; use a sting.
  2. To cause a sensation, as from a sting.
  3. To be keenly painful.
  4. 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.
  5. To stick anything sharp into, to pain acutely:- pa. t. and pa. p. stung.
  6. To inflict a sharp, smarting wound; as, the wasp stings; to be sharply painful.
  7. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; " The sun burned his face"
  8. cause a stinging pain; " The needle pricked his skin"
  9. saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; " They stuck me with the dinner bill"; " I was stung with a huge tax bill"
  10. cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging; " His remark stung her"
  11. To pierce with a sting, like a wasp or scorpion; to pain acutely.
  12. To pierce with a sharp- pointed weapon; to pain acutely.
  13. Stinging.
  14. a painful wound caused by the thrust of a stinger into skin
  15. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  16. deliver a sting to; " A bee stung my arm yesterday"
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
  20. A goad; incitement.
  21. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
  22. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
  23. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite.
  24. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
  25. 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.
  26. Stinger.
  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. The act of stinging; the wound made by a sting.
  30. Zool. A sharp organ capable of inflicting a painful and poisonous wound.
  31. A spur; goad.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Stung.