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sting

sting

 
pronunciation:
stIng
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stings, stinging, stung
definition 1: to prick, pierce, or wound with a stinger.
He was stung by a wasp.
similar words:
bite, hurt, prick, wound
definition 2: to cause to feel a sudden, sharp, physical or emotional pain.
Their indifference stung him.
synonyms:
bite, prick, twinge
similar words:
cut, gall, hurt, injure, nettle, nip, pierce
definition 3: (slang) to overcharge or otherwise cheat.
synonyms:
rook, soak
similar words:
cheat, fleece, gouge, rip off, skin
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to have, use, or wound with a stinger.
similar words:
bite, hurt, wound
definition 2: to inflict or feel a sudden, sharp, physical or emotional pain.
synonyms:
smart, twinge
similar words:
bite, burn, cut, hurt, tingle, twitch
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or an instance of stinging.
similar words:
prick, tingle
definition 2: the smart, pain, or wound caused by or as if by a stinger.
synonyms:
smart
similar words:
bite, hurt, prick, prickle, tingle, twinge
definition 3: the capacity or power to inflict such pain.
similar words:
acid, poison, venom
definition 4: (slang) an elaborate confidence game, esp. one executed by law enforcement officers to collect evidence.
similar words:
con, confidence game, fraud, pigeon drop, swindle
derivations: stingingly (adj.), stingless (adj.)
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