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English noun: sting

1. sting (state) a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung

SamplesThe sting of death.
He felt the stinging of nettles.


Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

2. sting (state) a mental pain or distress

SamplesA pang of conscience.


Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

3. sting (state) a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

Synonymsbite, insect bite

Broader (hypernym)harm, hurt, injury, trauma

Narrower (hyponym)bee sting, flea bite, mosquito bite

4. sting (act) a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

Synonymsbunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle

Broader (hypernym)cheat, rig, swindle

Narrower (hyponym)sting operation

English verb: sting

1. sting (perception) cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

SamplesThe sun burned his face.

Synonymsbite, burn

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ache, hurt, smart

Narrower (hyponym)nettle, urticate

Verb groupburn

2. sting (contact) deliver a sting to

SamplesA bee stung my arm yesterday.

Synonymsbite, prick

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pierce

3. sting (communication) saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

SamplesThey stuck me with the dinner bill.
I was stung with a huge tax bill.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)force, thrust

4. sting (perception) cause a stinging pain

SamplesThe needle pricked his skin.

Synonymsprick, twinge

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ache, hurt, suffer

Narrower (hyponym)prick, prickle

5. sting (emotion) cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging

SamplesHis remark stung her.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to sting Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound

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