Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that stings, especially an insult that stings or wounds emotionally.
  • noun A stinging organ or part.
  • noun A sharp blow.
  • noun Slang One who participates in or organizes the operation of a sting.
  • noun A cocktail of crème de menthe and brandy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which stings, vexes, or gives acute pain.
  • noun An animal or a plant that stings.
  • noun The sting of an insect.
  • noun A biting or cutting remark.
  • noun A smart, telling blow.
  • noun An alcoholic drink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, stings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack.
  • noun Anything that is used to sting, as a means of attack.
  • noun Anything, such as an insult, that stings mentally or psychologically
  • noun a cocktail of brandy and crème de menthe
  • noun A device used by the British police force consisting of a portable bed of nails to puncture car tires.
  • noun A minor neurological injury of the spine characterized by a shooting or stinging pain down one arm, followed by numbness and weakness.
  • noun A station identifier on television or radio played between shows.
  • noun A scene shown on films or television shows after the credits.
  • noun slang A nonlethal grenade using rubber instead of shrapnel, more commonly called a sting grenade.
  • noun slang A final note played at the end of a military march.
  • noun slang An extension cord.

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

  • noun a sharp organ of offense or defense (as of a wasp or stingray or scorpion) often connected with a poison gland
  • noun a portable low altitude surface-to-air missile system using infrared guidance and an impact fuse; fired from the shoulder
  • noun a cocktail made of made of creme de menthe and brandy
  • noun a remark capable of wounding mentally
  • noun a sharp stinging blow

Etymologies

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sting +‎ -er

Examples

  • Cornell Driessen, the trainer who helped revive him for his second round, said: "That's what they call a stinger."

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  • The other thing was what I called the stinger bucket.

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  • If the stinger is present, remove it by gently scraping over the area with a straight-edged object, i.e., a credit card, butter knife, etc.

    Sting Things

  • Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back.

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  • A Bee's stinger is less than 1/16th of an inch in length .... the other 2 feet is imagination!

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  • Texas tailback Cedric Benson, who set a school freshman record with 1,053 yards, didn't play because of a stinger from the loss to Colorado.

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  • Samuels left Washington's Week 5 loss at Carolina after hurting his neck, an injury that was initially called a "stinger" -- it was later revealed, though, that Samuels suffers from stenosis, which is a condition that causes narrowing of the spine.

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  • He chose the foremost of the three, and found it quite as ill-tasting as the other had been; but this time he didn't spit it out, for the stinger was a little too quick for him, and before he could let go it was fast in his lip.

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  • The Jets dodged another serious injury when Nick Mangold, the All-Pro center who sustained what the team called a stinger in a collision during a goal-line scrimmage Thursday, was cleared Friday to resume individual drills.

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  • The Jets dodged another serious injury when Nick Mangold, the All-Pro center who sustained what the team called a stinger in a collision during a goal-line scrimmage Thursday, was cleared Friday to resume individual drills.

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  • According to Mental Floss, an "extra" that appears after the closing credits of a movie. You can find a bunch here.

    August 23, 2010