(Sting), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stung (Archaic Stang ); p. pr. & vb. n. Stinging.] [AS. stingan; akin
to Icel. & Sw. stinga, Dan. stinge, and probably to E. stick, v.t.; cf. Goth. usstiggan to put out, pluck
out. Cf. Stick, v. t.]
1. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his
2. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite. "Slander stings the brave." Pope.
3. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
(Sting`a*ree") n. (Zoöl.) Any sting ray. See under 6th Ray.
(Sting"bull`) n. (Zoöl.) The European greater weever fish which is capable of inflicting severe
wounds with the spinous rays of its dorsal fin. See Weever.
(Sting"er) n. One who, or that which, stings.
Professor E. Forbes states that only a small minority of the medusæ of our seas are stingers.Owen.
(Sting"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) The weever.
(Stin"gi*ly) adv. In a stingy manner.
(Stin"gi*ness), n. The quality or state of being stingy.
Stinging cell. (Zoöl.) Same as Lasso cell, under Lasso.
(Sting"ing) a. Piercing, or capable of piercing, with a sting; inflicting acute pain as if with a sting,
goad, or pointed weapon; pungent; biting; as, stinging cold; a stinging rebuke. Sting"ing*ly, adv.
(Sting"less), a. Having no sting.
(Stin"go) n. [From Sting.] Old beer; sharp or strong liquor. [Old Slang]
Shall I set a cup of old stingo at your elbow?Addison.
(Sting"tail`) n. (Zoöl.) A sting ray.