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American English: /stɪŋ/
British English: /stɪŋ/

Translation of sting in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1 (organ)
    (of nettle) pelo (masculine) urticante or urente
    a sting in the tail (British English) their offer had a sting in the tail
    su oferta tenía un gran pero
    all her stories have a sting in the tail
    todos sus cuentos tienen un desenlace inesperado
    Example sentences
    • The poor fellow has neither the tusks of the elephant, nor the claws of the lion, nor even the horns or pointed teeth or stings and poison glands.
    • It had a man's face with 3 rows of extremely sharp teeth in each jaw, a lion's body and a long tail with a sting like a scorpion's.
    • She found the poison sting still in his body and from the odour, she knew that he had come to the child in the form of a scorpion.
    Example sentences
    • A new cream, which prevents the jellyfish from firing their stings when touched, recently became available - just in time for the seasonal invasion of millions of small, purple jellyfish.
    • So they add defences - thistles have prickles and tough leaves, nettles have stings, other plants have toxins.
    • I began to bleed at impact and quickly drew my finger away from the sting of the sharp plant.
    1.2 (action)
    Example sentences
    • Swindon's Operation Delta burglary squad has been working closely with the Metropolitan Police on an undercover sting operation.
    • It was the FBI doing a sting on a State Police officer.
    • The 12 men were arrested on Wednesday in a sting operation as police and army officials sought to crack down on illegal quarrying.
    1.3 (mark, wound)
    Example sentences
    • Most scorpion stings are merely painful, leading to swelling in the immediate region of the sting, but some scorpions of northern Africa and the American southwest can be deadly.
    • What the books often don't tell you is that there are another set of spikes on the side of the gill plates, which can also inflict a painful sting.
    • Although scorpion stings can be devastatingly painful, they are not usually lethal to humans.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (pain) the sting of remorse/conscience
    el gusanillo de la consciencia
    Example sentences
    • Before any of the women could speak, Gale felt the sting of something sharp, and willed herself not to look at the doctor's work.
    • He crushed the tracking device in his hand, ignoring the sting of sharp metal on his palm.
    • The only sensation is the sting of the wind, cold and laced with salt.
    2.2 (hurtfulness) there was a sting in her words
    sus palabras fueron hirientes

transitive verb past tense & past participle stung

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    Example sentences
    • My bare legs were instantly stung by nettles, and a swarm of wasps gathered around the fake flower-reeds I had to drape myself in to become Titania.
    • Hopefully we won't be maimed by saltwater crocodiles, eaten by sharks, or stung by poisonous jellyfish.
    • One evening we labored, stung by nettles and mosquitoes, to set up Sewell's camera blind on Otter Pond in the great marsh.
  • 2 2.1 (cause pain)
    hacer escocer
    hacer arder (Southern Cone)
    Example sentences
    • A sharp pain stung his neck, and he lifted a hand to explore the area, grimly satisfied when he found a small dart, about as long as a joint of his index finger.
    • A sharp burning sensation stung just below his shoulder, thrusting his slim frame forward in the saddle.
    • The cuts stung with burning pain, and I was tempted to stop, but I couldn't.
    2.2 (mentally, emotionally)
    herir profundamente
    Example sentences
    • The words hurt, stinging me because there was some truth to them.
    • Finally announcing pricing details for its broadband satellite service, BTopenworld has stung Internet users just where it hurts the most.
    • Her words were meant to sting and hurt, to make him feel equally as bad as he had made her now feel.
    2.3 (goad, incite)to sting somebody into something
    incitar a alguien a + infinitive
    this stung him into retaliation
    esto lo incitó a vengarse
    she was stung into defending herself
    la provocaron y se defendió
    Example sentences
    • This score stung St. Forcherns into action and from the kick-out the ball reached Ailish who took on the MLR backline and crashed home a good goal to give her side a two point advantage.
    • The meeting came after the Selby Labour MP stung her into action by in effect accusing her of preparing to give Yorkshire miners even worse treatment than Lady Thatcher had meted out.
    • That score stung Edinburgh into raising the pace once more and they briefly rediscovered the all-action style that had been so evident during the first half, earning a penalty which Laney converted to narrow the gap to a single point.
  • 3 (cheat, overcharge) [slang]I was stung for $65
    me clavaron 65 dólares [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • If we add it all up, we find that the taxpayer could be stung for up to $44 million, and that is without looking at possible appeals.
    • So if you sold the rental property within the first 3 years you could benefit from the rental income, and then sell without being stung for CGT.
    • Otherwise, you may be stung for as much as a fiver.

intransitive verb past tense & past participle stung

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