Definition of smarting in US English:

smarting

noun

  • The fact or sensation of feeling a sharp stinging pain.

    ‘ammonia can cause smarting of the eyes and breathing difficulties’

adjective

  • (of part of the body) feeling a sharp stinging pain.

    ‘Susan rubbed her smarting eyes’

Pronunciation

smarting

/ˈsmärdiNG//ˈsmɑrdɪŋ/