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Meaning & Definition of Sting in English

English

Sting

/stɪŋ/

noun

1. A kind of pain

  • Something as sudden and painful as being stung
  • "The sting of death"
  • "He felt the stinging of nettles"
    synonym:
  • sting
  • ,
  • stinging

2. A mental pain or distress

  • "A pang of conscience"
    synonym:
  • pang
  • ,
  • sting

3. A painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

    synonym:
  • sting
  • ,
  • bite
  • ,
  • insect bite

4. A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

    synonym:
  • bunco
  • ,
  • bunco game
  • ,
  • bunko
  • ,
  • bunko game
  • ,
  • con
  • ,
  • confidence trick
  • ,
  • confidence game
  • ,
  • con game
  • ,
  • gyp
  • ,
  • hustle
  • ,
  • sting
  • ,
  • flimflam

verb

1. Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

  • "The sun burned his face"
    synonym:
  • bite
  • ,
  • sting
  • ,
  • burn

2. Deliver a sting to

  • "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
    synonym:
  • sting
  • ,
  • bite
  • ,
  • prick

3. Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

  • "They stuck me with the dinner bill"
  • "I was stung with a huge tax bill"
    synonym:
  • stick
  • ,
  • sting

4. Cause a stinging pain

  • "The needle pricked his skin"
    synonym:
  • prick
  • ,
  • sting
  • ,
  • twinge

5. Cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging

  • "His remark stung her"
    synonym:
  • sting

Examples of using

A bee sting can be very painful.
I got a nasty sting from a wasp.
I got a nasty sting from a wasp.