sting ( stings plural & 3rd person present) ( stinging present participle) ( stung past tense & past participle )
1 verb If a plant, animal, or insect stings you, a sharp part of it, usually covered with poison, is pushed into your skin so that you feel a sharp pain.
The nettles stung their legs... V n
This type of bee rarely stings. V
2 n-count The sting of an insect or animal is the part that stings you.
Remove the bee sting with tweezers.
3 n-count If you feel a sting, you feel a sharp pain in your skin or other part of your body.
This won't hurt<endash>you will just feel a little sting.
4 verb If a part of your body stings, or if a substance stings it, you feel a sharp pain there.
His cheeks were stinging from the icy wind... V
Sprays can sting sensitive skin. V n
5 verb If someone's remarks sting you, they make you feel hurt and annoyed.
He's a sensitive lad and some of the criticism has stung him... V n
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