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[sting-er] /ˈstɪŋ ər/
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
First recorded in 1545-55; sting + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He looked at it so closely that he did not miss even the stinger.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • It sized up like a bad case of bee bite with me at the wrong end of the stinger.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • He shot them both and then killed the stinger that was pecking at his shins.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • 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
  • I expect a stinger by this post; but I shall not open it till after the match.

  • We are having it mild, so the chances are that they have got a stinger.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • As it was, I got a stinger in my tongue, which soon began to swell.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
British Dictionary definitions for stinger


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
(Austral) any marine creature that stings its victims, esp the box jellyfish
Also stengah. a whisky and soda with crushed ice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stinger

1550s, agent noun from sting (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stinger in Science
A sharp stinging organ, such as that of a bee, scorpion, or stingray. Stingers usually inject venom.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for stinger



An unpleasant or adverse element; catch: Seems like a good proposition, but there's a stinger in it (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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