having a red and swollen appearance: 1920s flappers with bee-stung lips.

Origin of bee-stung

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bee-stung

  • She comes out of it with a violent start, as though she had just been bee-stung.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • As though she had been bee-stung, Mittie May flung up her head.

    Sundry Accounts|Irvin S. Cobb
  • He was mollified and won by the big, gentle eyes and that bee-stung upper lip.

  • As though he had been bee-stung the little man pivoted on his heels.

    Local Color|Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for bee-stung



(of the lips) pouting and sensuous
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