Sting, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stung (Archaic Stang ); p. pr. & vb. n. Stinging.]
1. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
2. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite. “Slander stings the brave.”
3. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
Stung imp. & p. p. of Sting.
n 1: a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being
stung; "the sting of death"; "he felt the stinging of
nettles" [syn: stinging]
2: a mental pain or distress; "a pang of conscience" [syn: pang]
3: a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger
into skin [syn: bite, insect bite]
4: a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a
person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco
game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence
game, con game, gyp, hustle, flimflam]
v 1: cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun
burned his face" [syn: bite, burn]
2: deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn: bite,
3: saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; "They
stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge
tax bill" [syn: stick]
4: cause a stinging pain; "The needle pricked his skin" [syn: prick,
5: cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging; "His remark
adj : feeling sharp psychological pain; "stung by the remark, she