Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[concrete] STING NP2[concrete]
Smoke stung his eyes and he blinked away the tears.
The peppers stung her mouth and nose.
My sunburn stings dreadfully.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4
A bee stung my arm yesterday.
The poisonous dart stung the deer as it fled through the bushes.
Tiny shards of flying glass stung his face.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: the effect is usually negative, but not always.
NOTE: Use this sense for individuals or groups of individuals spoken of as social groups, not for corporations or organizations. Syntax is: NP1[abstract] STING NP2[human]
Consumers are stung by the desire to buy more pizza.
His remarks stung her.
He was stung by shame.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5
Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[abstract] STING NP2[inanimate]
NOTE: In this sense [+animate] also refers to companies, corporations and institutions and other groups populated by a collection of people whose individual emotions are not indexed.
The electronics retailer was stung with a $9 million piracy fine.
Stung by the negative ads, the company decided to publish some of
The recent scandal stung the new candiate's campaign.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3