Adjective "Stinging" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A small sharp-pointed organ at the end of the abdomen of bees, wasps, ants, and scorpions, capable of inflicting a painful or dangerous wound by injecting poison.
  1. 'Householders are being tormented by the buzzing wasps and businesses like restaurants and pubs are being plagued by the insects with a sting in their tail.'
  2. 'They made clay containers filled with little flying insects that had poisonous stings, which were then fired off.'
  3. 'They do have a sting in their tail - one venomous spike - but this is only used when under attack.'
  4. 'I began to bleed at impact and quickly drew my finger away from the sting of the sharp plant.'
  5. 'A new cream, which prevents the jellyfish from firing their stings when touched, recently became available - just in time for the seasonal invasion of millions of small, purple jellyfish.'
  6. 'Treatment of jellyfish stings in the United States and the Caribbean is concerned mostly with limiting pain and neurologic symptoms.'
  7. 'She says that for centuries, plantain has been used to provide immediate relief from mosquito bites, hornet stings and the painful itching of poison ivy or poison oak.'
  8. 'A centipede bite is comparable to a wasp sting in its severity.'
  9. 'What the books often don't tell you is that there are another set of spikes on the side of the gill plates, which can also inflict a painful sting.'
  10. 'Jellyfish stings are common and may be treated with heat application.'
  11. 'Wasp stings can range from a painful bite to very severe cases where death can result.'
  12. 'Although scorpion stings can be devastatingly painful, they are not usually lethal to humans.'
  13. 'Some stings inflict only blisters, but others are strong enough to kill a human.'
  14. 'Last year, several bathers suffered severe and painful stings while swimming among the jellyfish in the Mersey estuary.'
  15. 'In the UK, most bites and stings are painful but harmless and only affect the area around the sting.'
  16. 'she felt the sharp sting of tears behind her eyelids'
  17. 'Suddenly there was a great hollowness in her chest and she fought the sharp sting of new tears.'
  18. 'It pooled in his throat and in rivulets across his flat stomach, trickling into the wound with the raw sting of salt.'
  19. 'He used the dampened cotton to dab at her wounds; giving a slight sting each time it touched her skin for how long he held it there.'
  20. 'Some of it hit my radio man, and I tried to go out and bring him back, and that's when I felt a sharp sting in my shoulder.'
  21. 'Before he could react, a black shadow had descended upon him, causing a sharp sting of pain to run through his right arm.'
  22. 'I felt the sting of tears behind my eyes but found no where else to hide.'
  23. 'The cuff sent me sprawling to the floor with a painful sting in my cheek, and a hurt feeling in the pit of my stomach.'
  24. 'In the old days a method of easing the sting of sunburn was to make a potato poultice which would give rapid relief.'
  25. 'Here he removes the sting of onions and brightens them up by marinating them in lemon juice.'
  26. 'I swung into the tree and immediately felt a sharp sting of pain surge through my arm.'
  27. 'she smiled to take the sting out of her words'
  28. 'I feel the sting of judgment whenever I raise the prospect of a third child.'
  29. 'Let all those who dare to cross you feel the power of your cannons, the bite of rapier, and the sting of your razor sharp wit.'
A carefully planned operation, typically one involving deception.
  1. 'He rolls along nicely in this manner until the police mount a sting operation and arrest him.'
  2. 'The 12 men were arrested on Wednesday in a sting operation as police and army officials sought to crack down on illegal quarrying.'
  3. 'A Canadian man has been arrested for advanced fee fraud following a sting operation instigated by a Connecticut woman fed up with receiving scam emails.'
  4. 'When a £3m deal was struck, the buyer turned out to be an undercover police officer and gang members were arrested in a sting operation at Antwerp airport.'
  5. 'Trading Standards officers and police will run sting operations to trap traders selling powerful, illegal fireworks or selling to children.'
  6. 'He launched a secret operation, codenamed Satiety, which was one of the most carefully executed stings in Scotland Yard's history.'
  7. 'This basically provides an exemption so that the police can conduct sting operations for alcohol, as they do for tobacco.'
  8. 'Police set up a sting operation to catch the man distributing the crystalline drug, known as Ice.'
  9. 'It was the FBI doing a sting on a State Police officer.'
  10. 'The JTTFs are now proving good vehicles for operational coordination in raids, undercover stings, and intensive surveillance.'


Wound or pierce with a sting.
  1. no object 'a nettle stings if you brush it lightly'
  2. 'A businessman from East Yorkshire has died after being stung by a tiny jellyfish in what is thought to be the first known fatality of its kind.'
  3. 'The most terrifying is the story of the swimmer stung by a particular kind of jellyfish.'
  4. 'Hopefully we won't be maimed by saltwater crocodiles, eaten by sharks, or stung by poisonous jellyfish.'
  5. 'One evening we labored, stung by nettles and mosquitoes, to set up Sewell's camera blind on Otter Pond in the great marsh.'
  6. 'As they drive, a bug stings Stan and his arm starts to swell badly.'
  7. 'She would use the nettle to discreetly sting herself when arthritis stiffened her fingers.'
  8. 'If you get do get stung by a jellyfish, always apply vinegar immediately.'
  9. 'My bare legs were instantly stung by nettles, and a swarm of wasps gathered around the fake flower-reeds I had to drape myself in to become Titania.'
  10. 'Getting stung by a jellyfish is among summer's beach bummers.'
  11. 'These flies do not bite or sting humans, and are considered beneficial, as they are predacious on aphids and other insects.'
  12. with object 'the brandy stung his throat'
  13. 'I hissed as my left leg started to sting again from the wound I'd gotten trying to escape the last time.'
  14. 'The open wound in my shoulder stung sharply, but I merely held it as tight as I could, willing the bleeding to stop.'
  15. 'At first the saltwater stung his wounds, but he got used to it, letting the water clean him up.'
  16. 'A sharp pain stung his neck, and he lifted a hand to explore the area, grimly satisfied when he found a small dart, about as long as a joint of his index finger.'
  17. 'I heard loud bangs on the window, and we felt stinging, choking sensations in our throats.'
  18. 'Pain from his arm was rising intensely from the glass cutting into his palm and the sweat that subsequently stung the wound.'
  19. 'A single tear slipped from her eye, stinging the wound even further.'
  20. 'She gasped as he hit the tender parts and moaned as he dabbed it with something that stung at her wound like alcohol was being poured over the gaping flesh.'
  21. 'A sharp burning sensation stung just below his shoulder, thrusting his slim frame forward in the saddle.'
  22. 'The wounds stung and I shuddered when she applied the pressure.'
  23. 'stung by her mockery, Frank hung his head'
  24. 'Her words were meant to sting and hurt, to make him feel equally as bad as he had made her now feel.'
  25. 'The words hurt, stinging me because there was some truth to them.'
  26. 'he was stung into action by an article in the paper'
  27. 'This score stung him into action and the rest of the half was played out between the two 22s.'
  28. 'The meeting came after the Selby Labour MP stung her into action by in effect accusing her of preparing to give Yorkshire miners even worse treatment than Lady Thatcher had meted out.'
  29. 'That score stung Edinburgh into raising the pace once more and they briefly rediscovered the all-action style that had been so evident during the first half, earning a penalty which Laney converted to narrow the gap to a single point.'
  30. 'Socrates' preferred analogy for his own role in the city was that of a gadfly, who lit upon his fellow citizens and sought to sting them into a healthy state of intellectual wakefulness.'
  31. 'Jackie, whose eight-year-old daughter Libby has cerebral palsy, said she was stung into action when she was asked if disabled children needed to play.'
Swindle or exorbitantly overcharge (someone)
  1. 'Elaine - who was stung for a staggering £660-was so incensed she has launched a campaign.'
  2. 'It means that I'm probably going to be stung for excess baggage charges when I check in, but I should be able to claim that back from the company.'
  3. 'Over the last three years, Irish banks have been stung for an average of €5 million annually as a result of credit card fraud.'
  4. 'So if you sold the rental property within the first 3 years you could benefit from the rental income, and then sell without being stung for CGT.'

More definitions

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, especial

More examples(as adjective)

"attacks can be stinging."

"rebukes can be stinging."

"blows can be stinging."

"defeats can be stinging."

"criticisms can be stinging."

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(sting)Old English sting (noun), stingan (verb), of Germanic origin.


sting in the tail