verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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What else does stain mean?
In general, a stain is something that leaves a mark.
In youth slang, a stain is a “worthless person.” In Black American slang, stain is a gang culture expression for “armed robbery.”
Where does stain come from?
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The word stain is an old one in English. Starting in the 14th century, stain was a verb meaning “to blemish.” It became a noun referring to a mark or spot by the 16th century.
In the early 1600s, saying someone was stained could mean they were “drunk”—a slang sense that re-emerged in the 1990s.
By the 1990s, stain was in evidence in American and British English as a slang expression for a jerk (i.e., a contemptible person). This stain could be a shortening of wank-stain (the stain left over from ejaculate) or shit-stain.
In the 2010s, a stain in Black American gang slang came to refer to an “armed robbery,” either of a neighborhood business or of an individual. It’s possible that this stain comes from the metaphor that committing crime leaves a stain on one’s character. Typically, it is found in the expression hit a stain, meaning to “commit a robbery.”
A prominent example of the robbery sense of stain comes from the 2018 track “GUMMO” by notorious rapper and sometime criminal, 6ix9ine: “Hit a stain, fifty bands, all hunnids,” meaning that he’s robbed someone and got fifty thousand dollars in strapped hundred-dollar bills.
How is stain used in real life?
Calling someone a stain can be found in youth slang, especially in the UK.
It’s a distinctly insulting expression, insinuating someone is as disgusting as the mess left over by semen or feces.
In Black American gang slang, hitting a stain is a way to talk about committing armed robbery. Gangsters—and their wannabes—might reference past stains and stains they’re planning to hit.
i love seeing hood mfs on scooters. finna hit a stain w a lime.
— recks (@rxpriest) August 24, 2018
As we’ve seen, the gang-related stain can be found in hip-hop songs, such as Chance the Rapper’s 2013 track “Chain Smoker”: “Stain hitting, satin woodgrain gripping / Paint dripping / Motha, shut your mouth.”
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for stain
They can sop up moisture and help tackle stains on other surfaces, including rugs and carpets.
The issue of wearing a mask has been weaponized quite literally, as witnessed by the blood stains on our sidewalk and all the other mask-related violent encounters we read about every single day.
Before 2016, Fretwell and BAS penguin biologist Phil Trathan hunted for the telltale stains in images from NASA’s Landsat satellites, which have a resolution of 30 meters by 30 meters.Penguin poop spotted from space ups the tally of emperor penguin colonies|Carolyn Gramling|August 4, 2020|Science News
We ask our celebrities to pour their hearts out, and then chastise them if they stain our buttoned-up shirts.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While that is unlikely to happen, the very fact that it can is a stain on the American judicial system.10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System|Christopher Moraff|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
About “developers in bed with reviewers,” and the stain this leaves on the “integrity of games journalism.”It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?|Arthur Chu|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is right that, for some, the stain of humiliation can indeed be irrevocable.
Hot water makes the proteins in the blood set and that makes the stain stick around longer.
His sons rejoice that "His draughts no sensuall waters ever stain'd."Francis Beaumont: Dramatist|Charles Mills Gayley
On some leather the water, if it comes through, leaves a stain.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
This, according to the generality of writers, is the only stain upon his character.Life of Sir William Wallace of Elderslie, Vol, II (of II)|John D. Carrick
Pour off the stain and wash in distilled water until the film presents a pink colour.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
Had I killed her at that moment I should have washed off the stain she had brought on my name in her own blood.Dr. Dumany's Wife|Mr Jkai