verb (used with object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.
verb (used without object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.
- confidence game.
- an ostensibly illegal operation, as the buying of stolen goods or the bribing of public officials, used by undercover investigators to collect evidence of wrongdoing.
- stimulus generalization,
- stimulus sensitive myoclonus,
- stinging capsule,
- stinging hair,
- stinging nettle
Origin of sting
Examples from the Web for sting
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And unless Republicans start pursuing very different priorities in Congress, that prognosis could sting.
Now Sting gets his turn, with this musical that he based on his own experiences growing up near a shipyard.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More|Janice Kaplan|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strangely, he did this by diluting the sting of the ant scene.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat|Michael Weiss|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Note to Sting: An “albatross” in this context is more like “tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt.”Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary|Tim Teeman|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All separations have their sting, but sharp indeed was the sting in a case like this.Japanese Literature|Various
But she nearly repented, she says, when she heard of the bees, lest they should sting.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
He had never once mentioned her husband's name, fearing to scare her, or to sting her pride.Petticoat Rule|Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
They were apt to slip away from him in this case and sting him unmercifully with bullets.The Strength of the Pines|Edison Marshall
I now see that the sting inflicted by vice must and will remain!
verb stings, stinging or stung
Word Origin for sting
Old English stingan "to prick with a small point" (of weapons, insects, plants, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *stenganan (cf. Old Norse stinga, Old High German stungen "to prick," Gothic us-stagg "to prick out," Old High German stanga, German stange "pole, perch," German stengel "stalk, stem"), from PIE *stengh-, nasalized form of root *stegh- "to prick, sting" (cf. Old English stagga "stag," Greek stokhos "pointed stake"). Specialized to insects late 15c. Slang meaning "to cheat, swindle" is from 1812.
Old English stincg, steng "act of stinging, stinging pain," from the root of sting (v.). Meaning "carefully planned theft or robbery" is attested from 1930; sense of "police undercover entrapment" first attested 1975.
see take the sting out of.