Definition of stinger in English:



  • 1An insect or animal that stings, such as a bee or jellyfish.

    ‘bees and wasps are the most commonly encountered stingers’
    • ‘The Australian stinger Chironex fleckeri is among the deadliest creatures in the world, having caused human fatalities.’
    • ‘On Catalyst you can also meet the amazing Tuatara from New Zealand who is not a lizard and who goes back to the Jurassic and meet stingers, the box jellyfish we talked about on the Science Show in January.’
    • ‘A research group at Philadelphia's Wistar Institute has found a potential stinger in European fire bugs, Pyrrhocoris apterus.’
    • ‘They are quite aggressive stingers if they're threatened.’
    • ‘Known also as the sea wasp and the marine stinger, box jellyfish have killed about 65 people in the past century.’
    • ‘A few other people were strolling over the sand, but no one was in the water, and for a very good reason: It was March and so the height of the season for box jellyfish, also known as sea wasps, marine stingers, or just stingers.’
    • ‘There are rainforest walks, 4WD excursions, bird safaris and a pool - crucial, as stinger jellyfish mean you can't swim in the sea for half the year.’
    • ‘Warm days and cool nights have heralded the disappearance of marine stingers for the season, making this the best time to kayak the far north.’
    • ‘There were lots of snakelike creatures, some roundish things as prickly as hedgehogs and some notable beaks and pincers as well as possibly a stinger or two.’
    1. 1.1 The part of an insect or animal that holds a sting.
      ‘scorpions use their stinger judiciously’
      ‘the stinger of the bee’
      • ‘I questioned students about parts other than the body and limbs that could be added, briefly demonstrating that tails, horns, ears, claws, stingers and eyes could be fashioned from the newspaper.’
      • ‘Other times, we'd find unarmed civilian ‘moon’ jellyfish with no stingers.’
      • ‘You're not stepping on them, you're not poking them, you're not biting them as a predator might, where they would have a need to use their stinger.’
      • ‘He found that fire ants use their stinger not only for defensive purposes but also for pheromone dispersal.’
      • ‘If you have been stung by an insect, remove the insect's stinger with your fingernails, if possible.’
      • ‘After firmly grasping the victim's skin with its jaws, an ant arches its back and inserts its rear-end stinger into the flesh, injecting venom from a poison sac, inflicting seven or eight stings.’
      • ‘A worker honeybee that stings us to defend her mother and other family members in the hive is doomed, for she cannot extract her barbed stinger from her victim without ripping out her innards in the process.’
      • ‘All that formic acid coming from those thousands of stingers probably produces quite a sensation.’
      • ‘What's more, the radula, a harpoonlike stinger that delivers the venom, can strike with enough speed and force to pierce a diver's wetsuit.’
      • ‘The invertebrates are choking fishing nets and poisoning the catch with their toxic stingers, fishers say.’
      • ‘Some of these animals have defensive spines or stingers that can cause pain or injury.’
      • ‘It uses its tentacles and stingers to paralyze its prey.’
      • ‘Thus, the tails of rays may develop barbs & stingers, with or without toxic secretions.’
      • ‘Other eusocial animal groups defend themselves with stingers, mandibles, and sharp teeth.’
      • ‘They resembled flies and their stingers were still very powerful, according to him.’
      • ‘Solitary species such as cicada killers, carpenter bees, digger wasps and mud daubers use their stingers to subdue the insects and spiders upon which they prey.’
      • ‘With the aid of the recently invented microscope, Hooke examined the structure of feathers, the stinger of bees, the ‘tongue’ of mollusks and the feet and mandibles of insects.’
      • ‘The voracious predator has a quarter-inch stinger that pumps out a dose of venom with an enzyme so strong it can dissolve human tissue.’
      • ‘Gelatinous animals include more than just the medusa-like jellyfish that wash up on the beach - like comb jellies, which have a different architecture, and no stingers.’
      • ‘The instant I removed the big stinger, along with the attached ant, the pain lessened.’
    2. 1.2informal A painful blow.
      ‘he suffered a stinger on his right shoulder’
      • ‘Broncos MLB Al, the team's leading tackler and lone veteran linebacker healthy, was having an Pro Bowl-caliber season before suffering a neck stinger on Sunday.’
      • ‘He missed spring drills in 2001 because he suffered stingers in his neck last season.’
      • ‘The club is monitoring the health of a CB who suffered a neck stinger against Washington in Week 15.’
      • ‘Knocked out of the previous weekend's game by a neck stinger, he was held out for the first time since 1993.’
      • ‘Hill suffered a neck stinger the first day of camp and felt pain all the way to his ankle.’
      • ‘For the 49ers, the CB suffered a stinger and a knee sprain, and another CB sprained a finger on his right hand.’
      • ‘He has yet to play a down in the regular season because of a neck stinger.’
      • ‘The starting RCB suffered what he thought was a neck stinger on the first weekend of training camp and hadn't participated in workouts since the injury.’
  • 2Stingertrademark A device consisting of a spiked metal ribbon that is placed across a road to stop vehicles by puncturing their tyres.

    • ‘The stinger device burst one of the car's tyres, slowing it down, but all four vehicles went in different directions, including into Shipton Road and on into Eades Close.’
    • ‘A police helicopter was also deployed and officers tried to puncture the car's tyres with a stinger device.’
    • ‘A police stinger device was deployed on Leigh Road just before Atherton and the vehicle was abandoned on Market Street in Atherton at about 5.15 pm.’
    • ‘The booby trap device - called the Stinger - is a mat full of spikes which can be placed into the path of a speeding car to burst its tyres.’
    • ‘When the car would not stop, they used a stinger in Knockananna to deflate the tyres.’