Definition of Stinging

1. Noun. A kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung. "He felt the stinging of nettles"

Exact synonyms: Sting
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain
Derivative terms: Sting, Sting, Sting, Sting



2. Adjective. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character. "A stinging comment"
Exact synonyms: Cutting, Edged
Similar to: Unkind

Definition of Stinging

1. 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.

Definition of Stinging

1. Adjective. Having the capacity to sting. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of sting) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stinging

1. sting [v] - See also: sting

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stinging

stingaree
stingaree-bush
stingarees
stingbull
stinged
stinger
stingerless
stingers
stingfish
stingfishes
stingier
stingiest
stingily
stinginess
stinginesses
stinging (current term)
stinging hair
stinging nettle
stingingly
stingings
stingless
stingo
stingos
stingray
stingrays
stings
stingy
stink
stink-bomb
stink-cat

Literary usage of Stinging

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1. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of ChangeTechnology (1994)
"In large specimens, these stinging tentacles may trail down as much as 100 feet into the water. Nematocysts are characteristic of a large group of related, ..."

2. On the Instincts and Habits of the Solitary Wasps by George Williams Peckham, Elizabeth G. Peckham (1898)
"THE stinging HABIT IN WASPS. Among writers on psychology and biology there are few subjects that have given rise to more speculation than the origin and ..."

3. A Contribution to Our Knowledge of Seedlings by John Lubbock (1892)
"Stem herbaceous, erect, ridged and furrowed, pubescent with short deflexed and bulbous-rooted, stinging hairs, pale green or stained purple on the ridges; ..."

4. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"Herbs, sometimes twining and often with stinging hairs, rarely cult.: Ivs. alternate, toothed or lobed: fls. monoecious, racemose, apetalous, inconspicuous; ..."

5. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1890)
"... roots of trees—Great crab—stinging corals—Coral-eating fish—Coral formations—Lagoon islands or atolls—Depth at which reef-building corals can live—Vast ..."

6. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin (1909)
"... of dead Coral—Stones transported in the roots of Trees—Great Crab —stinging Corals—Coral-eating Fish—Coral Formations—Lagoon Islands, or Atolls—Depth at ..."

7. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1889)
"... —Stones transported in the roots of trees—Great crab—stinging corals —Coral - eating Jish—Coral formations—Lagoon islands or atolls— Depth at which, ..."

8. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1884)
"... and flowing Springs—Fields of dead Coral —Stones transported in the roots of Trees—Great Crab—stinging Corals —Coral-eating Fish—Coral Formations—Lagoon ..."

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