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Noun: sting  sting
  1. A kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung
    "the sting of death";
    - stinging
  2. A mental pain or distress
    "a sting of conscience";
    - pang
  3. A painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
    - bite, insect bite
  4. [informal] A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
    - bunco [N. Amer, informal], bunco game [N. Amer, informal], bunko [N. Amer, informal], bunko game [N. Amer, informal], con [informal], confidence trick, confidence game, con game [informal], hustle [informal], flimflam [informal]
  5. [informal] Operation designed to catch a person committing a criminal act
    "the police conducted a sting operation";
    - sting operation
Verb: sting (stung)  sting
  1. Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
    "The sun stung his face";
    - bite, burn
  2. Deliver a sting to
    "A bee stung my arm yesterday";
    - bite, prick
  3. [informal] Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
    "I was stung with a huge tax bill";
    - stick [informal]
  4. Cause a stinging pain
    "The needle stung his skin";
    - prick, twinge
  5. Cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
    "His remark stung her"

Derived forms: stung, stings, stinging

Type of: ache, bruise, cheat, force, fraud, harm, hurt, hurting, injure, injury, offend, operation, pain, pierce, rig, smart, spite, suffer, swindle, thrust, trauma, wound

Encyclopedia: Sting