How Do You Spell STING?

Pronunciation: [stˈɪŋ] (IPA)

The word "sting" is spelled using the letters s-t-i-n-g. The IPA phonetic transcription of this word is /stɪŋ/. The first letter, "s," is pronounced as the voiceless alveolar sibilant /s/. The second sound, "t," is pronounced as the voiceless alveolar plosive /t/. The third sound, "i," is pronounced as the short vowel sound /ɪ/. The fourth sound, "n," is pronounced as the voiced alveolar nasal /n/. The final sound, "g," is pronounced as the voiced velar plosive /ɡ/.

STING Meaning and Definition

  1. Sting is a noun and a verb that refers to a physical or emotional sensation typically caused by the injection or penetration of a sharp object, such as that of an insect, into the skin. As a noun, it describes a sharp painful sensation resulting from such an act, often accompanied by redness, swelling, or irritation in the affected area. This can be encountered when one is stung by a bee, wasp, or other venomous insects. Sting can also be used metaphorically to describe a sharp or hurtful feeling resulting from a harsh remark, an unfortunate experience, or a betrayal, causing emotional pain or distress.

    As a transitive verb, sting implies the action of administering pain through piercing or pricking, resulting in a sensation similar to that caused by the sting of an insect. It can also refer to the act of inflicting a blow or wound, typically with a pointed weapon. Metaphorically, it can indicate the act of causing emotional pain or distress by one's words or actions. Sting is often associated with a sudden or unexpected attack that catches someone off guard, leading to negative outcomes.

    Additionally, sting can refer to the act of causing harm, damage, or disadvantage financially or legally, usually by trickery or dishonesty. This usage is commonly employed within the context of scams, frauds, or illegal activities.

  2. • The sharp-pointed weapon possessed by certain insects as a means of defence, as the wasp, the bee, &c.; anything that gives acute pain; that which constitutes the principal pain or terror; the point of an epigram.
    • To pierce with a sharp-pointed weapon; to pain acutely.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of STING

The word sting originated from the Old English word stingan, which means to prick with a small point or to pierce. It can be traced back further to the Proto-Germanic word stenganan, meaning to pierce or prick. This Proto-Germanic word shares its root with several related words in other Germanic languages, such as the Old Norse word stinga, the Dutch word steken, the German word stechen, and the Old High German word stechan. Ultimately, the word can be traced back to the Proto-Indo-European root *steg, which means to prick or sting.

Idioms with the word STING

  • have a sting in the/its tail The idiom "have a sting in the/its tail" refers to something that initially seems harmless or unremarkable but contains a surprising or unpleasant surprise or consequence. It implies that there is more to a situation, event, or person than meets the eye, and that an unexpected negative or uncomfortable outcome may arise. The phrase is often used to caution against underestimating or overlooking potential risks or consequences.
  • sting sm for sth The idiom "sting someone for something" means to trick or deceive someone in order to gain something from them, typically money or possessions. It implies an act of exploitation or swindling.
  • a sting in the tail The idiom "a sting in the tail" refers to a surprising or unpleasant conclusion or ending to something that initially seemed positive, enjoyable, or harmless. It suggests that there is a hidden or unexpected negative aspect that can spoil or diminish the overall experience or result.
  • sting sm with sth To "sting someone with something" is an idiomatic expression meaning to cause someone emotional pain, hurt, or distress by saying or doing something. It implies that the action or statement has a sharp effect on the person, similar to the pain caused by a bee sting.
  • take the sting out of sth To "take the sting out of something" means to lessen the unpleasant or negative impact or effect of a particular situation, circumstance, or action. It involves finding a way to reduce or minimize the hurt, disappointment, or difficulty associated with something.

Similar spelling words for STING

Plural form of STING is STINGS

Conjugate verb Sting


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