- a person or thing that stings.
- an animal or plant having a stinging organ.
- the sting or stinging organ of an insect or other animal.
- Informal. a stinging blow, remark, or the like.
- a cocktail made of brandy and crème de menthe.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army shoulder-launched, heat-seeking antiaircraft missile, with a range of 3 miles (5 km).
- British Informal. a highball of whiskey and soda.
Origin of stinger
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Examples from the Web for stinger
The nose—as anyone knows who ever has received a stinger from an errant baseball—has countless pain fibers.The Writhing, Miserable Reality of Force Feeding at Guantánamo Bay
May 2, 2013
“Certain weapons like Stinger missiles are extremely hard to control once they are transferred,” he said.Syrian Opposition Leaders: We Need U.S. Weapons
July 23, 2012
He looked at it so closely that he did not miss even the stinger.Her Father's Daughter
It sized up like a bad case of bee bite with me at the wrong end of the stinger.Torchy and Vee
He shot them both and then killed the stinger that was pecking at his shins.Cat and Mouse
There was no rumble on the Stinger, only a baggage rack and boot.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
My word, it was a stinger—just like as if twenty thousand wasps was at you.Jack at Sea
George Manville Fenn
- trademark a device, consisting of a long track of raised spikes, laid across a road by police to puncture the tyres of escaping vehicles
- a person, plant, animal, etc, that stings or hurts
- Australian any marine creature that stings its victims, esp the box jellyfish
- Also: stengah a whisky and soda with crushed ice
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Word Origin and History for stinger
1550s, agent noun from sting (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A sharp stinging organ, such as that of a bee, scorpion, or stingray. Stingers usually inject venom.
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