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.
Origin of sting
Related Words for stungbite, inspire, hurt, burn, poke, injure, electrify, needle, wound, prickle, pique, tingle, smart
Examples from the Web for stung
Contemporary Examples of stung
Comforting in that they show that our intended message hit the target and stung.CIA Director’s Trip to Kiev Was a Warning to Putin
Leslie H. Gelb
April 16, 2014
Still, the criticisms have stung, particularly in the age of post-Mitt Romney Mormon mainstreaming.The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison
April 7, 2014
Still, as Lennon/McCartney got increasingly arty, Harrison was stung and he began chasing.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
Wind from the top, twenty miles an hour, stung his faced, but he was sweating in his white snowsuit.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
That stung, and when McConnell approached Reid late Monday to strike a deal, he was rebuffed.John McCain to the Rescue as Senate Deal Breaks Nominee Logjam
July 17, 2013
Historical Examples of stung
It stung her to hear her friends suspected of behaving unjustly.Weighed and Wanting
Napoleon withdrew his hand as sharply as if a bee amid the fruit had stung him.The Boy Life of Napoleon
The point of the jest immediately became a sting, and stung my conscience.The Uncommercial Traveller
If I had only stung him into being a man for a minute I would have abandoned it.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
A gust of wind and sleet rushed through the opening and stung their faces.The Inn at the Red Oak
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.