sting

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
sting

Plural
stings

A wasp sting
  1. A sting is a pointed item at the rear of an insect, for defence.
    That wasp has a stinger!
  2. A sting can also mean a bite by an insect.
    I got a sting on my arm.
  3. By extension, a sting is a bump on the skin, the result of being stung.
    I will show you where I was stung.

Verb[change]

Plain form
sting

Third-person singular
stings

Past tense
stang

Past participle
stung

Present participle
stinging

  1. To sting means to inject venom with a stinger.
    That bee stung me.
  2. By extension, to sting means to hurt or bite.
    I banged my hand: it really stung.
  3. To swindle or con. (metaphor)
    I got stung for a lot of money.