I. verb (stung; stinging) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stingan; akin to Old Norse stinga to sting and probably to Greek stachys spike of grain, stochos target, aim Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to prick painfully: as a. to pierce or wound with a poisonous or irritating process b. to affect with sharp quick pain or smart <
hail stung their faces
2. to cause to suffer acutely <
stung with remorse
3. overcharge, cheat intransitive verb 1. to wound one with or as if with a sting 2. to feel a keen burning pain or smart; also to cause such pain • stingingly adverb II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. the act of stinging; specifically the thrust of a stinger into the flesh b. a wound or pain caused by or as if by stinging 2. stinger 2 3. a sharp or stinging element, force, or quality 4. an elaborate confidence game; specifically such a game worked by undercover police in order to trap criminals

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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