See also: Stinger


A wasp's stinger with a drop of venom
A US Army soldier deploying a stinger at a vehicle check point in Iraq


sting +‎ -er. Both figurative and literal senses appeared in the 16th century.



stinger (plural stingers)

  1. A pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack.
  2. Anything that is used to sting, as a means of attack.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      The thing stopped then and looked at me a moment as much as to say: "Why this thing has a stinger! I must be careful." And then it reached out its long neck and opened its mighty jaws and grabbed for me; but I wasn't there.
  3. Anything, such as an insult, that stings mentally or psychologically.
  4. A cocktail of brandy and crème de menthe.
  5. A portable bed of nails to puncture car tires, used by police and military forces.
  6. A minor neurological injury of the spine characterized by a shooting or stinging pain down one arm, followed by numbness and weakness.
  7. A station identifier on television or radio played between shows.
  8. A scene shown on films or television shows after the credits.
  9. (slang) A nonlethal grenade using rubber instead of shrapnel, more commonly called a sting grenade.
  10. (slang) A final note played at the end of a military march.
  11. (slang, television and film) An extension cord.
  12. (slang, West Country, Bristol) A stinging nettle.
  13. Chironex fleckeri, an extremely venomous Australian box jellyfish.


  • (pointed portion of an insect or arachnid): sting
  • (device used to puncture car tyres): spike strip






  1. present tense of stinga.