how to pronounce sting


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sting is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of sting in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… how to jellyfish sting yes oh is it …”

meanings of sting


  1. A bump left on the skin after having been stung.
  2. A sharp-pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which secretes an acrid fluid, as in nettles.
  3. A pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack.
  4. A short percussive phrase played by a drummer to accent the punchline in a comedy show.
  5. A goad; incitement.
  6. The concluding point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
  7. Storytelling in the context of a tabletop role-playing game, especially one published by White Wolf.
  8. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging; a wound inflicted by stinging.
  9. A sharp, localised pain primarily on the epidermis.
  10. A police operation in which the police pretend to be criminals in order to catch a criminal.
  11. The harmful or painful part of something.
  12. A puncture made by an insect or arachnid in an attack, usually including the injection of venom.
  13. A support for a wind tunnel model which extends parallel to the air flow.
  14. A brief sequence of music used in films, TV, and video games as a form of scenic punctuation or to identify the broadcasting station.


  1. To hurt, to be in pain (physically or emotionally).
  2. Present participle of ST.
  3. To puncture with the stinger.
  4. To hurt, usually by introducing poison or a sharp point, or both.
  5. To cause harm or pain to.

sting frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word sting occurs in english on average 6.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics sting can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that sting can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to sting


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