Sting

Sting

, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stung (?) (Archaic Stang ()); p. pr. & vb. n. Stinging.] [AS. stingan; akin to Icel. & Sw. stinga, Dan. stinge, and probably to E. stick, v.t.; cf. Goth. usstiggan to put out, pluck out. Cf. Stick, v. t.] 1. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.
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2. To pain acutely; as, the conscience is stung with remorse; to bite. "Slander stings the brave." Pope.
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3. To goad; to incite, as by taunts or reproaches.
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