|—vb , stings, stinging, stung|
|1.||(of certain animals and plants) to inflict a wound on (an organism) by the injection of poison|
|2.||to feel or cause to feel a sharp mental or physical pain|
|3.||(tr) to goad or incite (esp in the phrase sting into action)|
|4.||informal (tr) to cheat, esp by overcharging|
|5.||a skin wound caused by the poison injected by certain insects or plants|
|6.||pain caused by or as if by the sting of a plant or animal|
|7.||a mental pain or pang: a sting of conscience|
|8.||a sharp pointed organ, such as the ovipositor of a wasp, by which poison can be injected into the prey|
|9.||the ability to sting: a sharp sting in his criticism|
|10.||something as painful or swift of action as a sting: the sting of death|
|11.||a sharp stimulus or incitement|
|12.||botany another name for stinging hair|
|13.||slang a swindle or fraud|
|14.||slang a trap set up by the police to entice a person to commit a crime and thereby produce evidence|
|15.||sting in the tail an unexpected and unpleasant ending|
|[Old English stingan; related to Old Norse stinga to pierce, Gothic usstangan to pluck out, Greek stakhus ear of corn]|
v. stung (stŭng), sting·ing, stings
To pierce or wound painfully with or as if with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
To introduce venom by stinging.
To cause to feel a sharp smarting pain by or as if by pricking with a sharp point.
The act of stinging.
The wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging.
The venom apparatus of a stinging organism.