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Etymology 1

Old English sting

Noun

Singular
sting

Plural
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  1. A bump left on the skin after having been stung.
  2. A bite by an insect.
  3. A sharp, localised pain primarily on the epidermis
  4. (law enforcement) A police operation in which the police pretend to be criminals in order to catch a criminal.
  5. A short percussive phrase played by a drummer to accent the punchline in a comedy show.
  6. A brief sequence of music used in films & TV as a form of punctuation in a dramatic or comedic scene.
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Etymology 2

Old English stingan

Verb

Infinitive
to sting

Third person singular
stings

Simple past
stang or stung

Past participle
stung

Present participle
stinging

to sting (third-person singular simple present stings, present participle stinging, simple past stang or stung, past participle stung)
  1. (transitive) To hurt, usually by introducing poison or a sharp point.
    Right so came out an adder of a little heathbush, and it stung a knight in the foot.
    Still, it stung when a slightly older acquaintance asked me why I couldn't do any better.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To bite.
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Old English

Etymology

See the verb stingan

Noun

sting

  1. sting

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