Synonyms of sting in English:

sting


See US English definition of sting

See UK English definition of sting

See Spanish definition of aguijón

noun

1‘the herb is said to relieve the pain of wasp and bee stings’

SYNONYMS
prick, wound, injury
bite, nip, puncture

2‘to soothe the sting of a cut or burn use aloe juice’

SYNONYMS
smarting, smart, stinging, tingling, tingle, pricking
pain, soreness, hurt, irritation

3‘I recalled the sting of his betrayal’

SYNONYMS
heartache, heartbreak, agony, torture, torment, hurt, pain, anguish, distress, desolation, misery

4‘she smiled to take the sting out of her words’

SYNONYMS
sharpness, severity, bite, edge, pointedness, asperity, pungency, mordancy, acerbity, acidity, tartness
sarcasm, acrimony, malice, spite, venom
rare causticity, mordacity

5‘that little sting netted him the Bentley and a £350,000 house’

SYNONYMS
swindle, fraud, piece of deception, trickery, cheat, bit of sharp practice
informal rip-off, con, con trick, diddle
British informal fiddle
North American informal bunco

verb

1‘she was stung by a scorpion’

SYNONYMS
prick, wound, injure, hurt
bite, nip, penetrate
poison
rare urticate

2‘her eyes were stinging from all the smoke’

SYNONYMS
smart, tingle, burn, be painful, hurt, be irritated, be sore, ache

3‘in the past she had been stung by his criticism of her’

SYNONYMS
upset, wound, distress, make miserable, cut to the quick, sear, grieve, hurt, pain, torment, mortify

4‘he was stung into action by an article in the paper’

SYNONYMS
provoke, goad, incite, spur, prick, prod, rouse, stir up, drive, move, motivate, galvanize, stimulate
ANTONYMS

deter

5‘an elaborate fraud which stung the bank for thousands’

SYNONYMS
swindle, defraud, cheat, fleece, gull
informal rip off, screw, do, rook, diddle, take for a ride, skin, clip
North American informal chisel, gouge, bunco
British informal, dated rush