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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.


Synonymsstinging


Broader (hypernym)hurting, pain

2. sting (state) a mental pain or distress


SamplesA pang of conscience.


Synonymspang


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.


Synonymsstick


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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