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  • adj. Having the capacity to sting.
  • v. Present participle of sting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Piercing, or capable of piercing, with a sting; inflicting acute pain as if with a sting, goad, or pointed weapon; pungent; biting

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character
  • n. a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung

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