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verb sting pronunciation in British English /stɪŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestinging
past tensestung
past participlestung
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if an insect or an animal stings you, it hurts you by sticking a sharp part of its body into your skin
    He was stung by a wasp.
    Some types of spider can sting.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to have or cause a sudden pain or uncomfortable feeling
    My eyes were stinging with the salt in the water.
    The smoke stung her eyes.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to affect someone, often causing them to react in a particular way
    Stung by their recent defeat, the French are determined to win this time.
    1. a.
      to make someone feel angry and upset
      She was stung by her father’s criticism.
  4. 5
    [intransitive] informal to make someone pay more than they should for something
    be stung for something: I was stung twenty quid for this CD.
  5. 6
    [intransitive] British informal to borrow money from someone when they do not really want to give it to you
    How much did he sting you for this time?


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