• IPA: /ˈstɪŋɪŋ/


  1. Having the capacity to sting.
    stinging nettles
  2. (figurative) Precise and hurtful
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, "Hugh Hefner, 'Playboy' Founder, Dead at 91 ↗," Rolling Stone
      That same year, a young Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny at one of his Playboy Clubs and wrote a stinging inside critique of the magazine's ethos and chauvinism in an article, titled "A Bunny's Tale," which was published in Show magazine.
  1. present participle of sting#English|sting

stinging (plural stingings)

  1. The act by which someone receives a sting.
    the stingings of scorpions
    stingings of remorse

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