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[sting-er] /ˈstɪŋ ər/
a person or thing that stings.
an animal or plant having a stinging organ.
the sting or stinging organ of an insect or other animal.
Informal. a stinging blow, remark, or the like.
a cocktail made of brandy and crème de menthe.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army shoulder-launched, heat-seeking antiaircraft missile, with a range of 3 miles (5 km).
British Informal. a highball of whiskey and soda.
Origin of stinger
1545-55; sting + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for stinger
  • Aficionados compare their shape to the lyre and even to the scorpion's arched stinger.
  • Call it meth and you take out the stinger, because the harmful part is amphetamine.
  • Their symbol was a bee, the emphasis being on the stinger more than the honey.
  • The wasp slips her stinger through the roach's exoskeleton and directly into its brain.
  • The biggest is less half a centimeter long, and has no stinger.
  • Remove the stinger if still present by scraping the back of a credit card or other straight-edged object across the stinger.
  • Otherwise, you can pull out the stinger with tweezers or your fingers, but avoid pinching the venom sac at the end of the stinger.
  • When a honey bees stings, it leaves its stinger in the skin.
  • Their stinger is barbed and is pulled out when it stings something.
  • When a honey bee stings, it leaves its stinger in the skin.
British Dictionary definitions for stinger


trademark a device, consisting of a long track of raised spikes, laid across a road by police to puncture the tyres of escaping vehicles


a person, plant, animal, etc, that stings or hurts
(Austral) any marine creature that stings its victims, esp the box jellyfish
Also stengah. a whisky and soda with crushed ice
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Word Origin and History for stinger

1550s, agent noun from sting (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stinger in Science
A sharp stinging organ, such as that of a bee, scorpion, or stingray. Stingers usually inject venom.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for stinger

still wet behind the ears

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not dry behind the ears

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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