From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstingsting1 /stɪŋ/ ●●○ verb (past tense and past participle stung /stʌŋ/) 1 [intransitive, transitive]HBIHURT/CAUSE PAIN if an insect or a plant stings you, it makes a very small hole in your skin and you feel a sharp pain because of a poisonous substance He was stung by a bee. ► A bee, wasp, scorpion, or plant can sting you. For a mosquito or snake, use bite.► see thesaurus at bite2 [intransitive, transitive]HURT/CAUSE PAIN to make something hurt with a sudden sharp pain, or to hurt like this Antiseptic stings a little. Chopping onions makes my eyes sting.► see thesaurus at hurt3 [intransitive, transitive]UPSET if you are stung by a remark, it makes you feel upset Their criticism really stung.be stung into (doing) something Her harsh words stung him into action. Grammar Sting is usually passive in this meaning, when used as a transitive verb. → sting somebody for something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpussting• The paper cut on my finger really stings.• The smoke made our eyes sting.• Though not as deadly as the sea wasp, this jellyfish can cause severe irritation if it stings a human.• Henry was stung by a bee at the picnic.• Returning to the jungle he finds he has to kill Lowery who has been stung by a Varga.• Lathan was stung by the senator's harsh criticism.• Gabby felt tears sting her eyes, suddenly realizing the full force of what was happening.• If it had been anyone but a Ryan ... She felt tears of frustration stinging her eyes.• Cigarette smoke stings my eyes.• The smoke stung my eyes.• He concludes that the mist is a vapor which stings the skin of man.• His cheek stung where his mother had slapped him.be stung into (doing) something• Her harsh words stung him into action.• Besides, I thought it might sting you into giving me something on the Mallenders.• Had they stung Bristol into raising a game dampened by unremitting drizzle they might have suffered more.• It often stings a man into awareness, which is partly why he fears the feminine so much.• Maybe Ray Floyd stung him into action too.• Perhaps he was just young enough to bounce back, perhaps Oasis stung him into action.• The kind of electric jab that stings you into pulling your tentacles back fast.• The two men went out, letting a blast of stinging air into the trailer.