Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That uses a sting; furnished with a sting or stinging organs of any sort; urticating: as, a stinging insect or sea-nettle.
- In botany, noting a plant furnished with stinging hairs. See sting, 2.
- That pierces or wounds as with a sting; that causes acute pain, irritation, or the like; keen; sharp; pungent; telling: as, a stinging tongue; a stinging rebuke or remark.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Piercing, or capable of piercing, with a sting; inflicting acute pain as if with a sting, goad, or pointed weapon; pungent; biting.
- adj. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character
- n. a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung
“And really, maybe what he describes as stinging is just some kind of growing pain or something.”
“THe juice neutralizes the acid in stinging nettle.”
“Poor little Mr Idiot still stinging from the Corporations losing to the Americans what s sad little ignorant coward”
“The Cardinals quarterback showed no ill effects of the concussion that sidelined him for the previous 1½ games, in stinging the Vikings on Sunday night.”
“Even Donald McCain and Nigel Twiston-Davies, outspoken trainers with a traditionalist bent, could not be induced to offer anything that might be called stinging criticism of the proposed changes.”
“My feet were stinging from the bite of the frost, and I hoped fervently that the sun would shine.”
“Its fair to say we have been less in-your-face, said David Nassar, the executive director of Wal-Mart Watch, which had hammered the company in stinging newspaper advertisements and provocative reports with titles like Shameless: How Wal-Mart Bullies Its Way Into Communities Across America.”
“The Vikings were unable to protect quarterback Brad Johnson in the second half or find any effective plays against a reputable Carolina defense missing linebacker Dan Morgan (concussion) and stinging from the 252 yards rushing given up last week in a 20-6 loss to Atlanta.”
“Being labled a traitor by me or Jimbo, while stinging, is of little consequence.”
“Sandler Gibbons scanned her legs and reckoned her knees and thighs were stinging from the cold her tiny skirt exposed them to.”
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