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Adjective: stinging  sting-ing
  1. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character
    "a stinging comment";
    - cutting, edged
Noun: stinging  sting-ing
  1. A kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung
    "he felt the stinging of nettles";
    - sting
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. Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
    "I was stung with a huge tax bill";
    - stick
  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: stingings

See also: unkind

Type of: ache, bruise, force, hurt, hurting, injure, offend, pain, pierce, smart, spite, suffer, thrust, wound

Encyclopedia: Stinging