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[pig-stahy] /ˈpɪgˌstaɪ/
noun, plural pigsties.
Origin of pigsty
First recorded in 1585-95; pig1 + sty1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I don't think a pigsty is absolutely essential to Lalage's comfort.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • I will take your berth, and the fellow shall not turn the room into a pigsty.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • He carried the slop-buckets to the pigsty for her, and helped to poddy (hand feed) a young calf.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • What'll be your charge for the plan of the pigsty, Mr. Lindsay?

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • If we took him in I should have to build a pigsty at the bottom of the garden for him, and I can't afford it.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • Her father had turned it into a pigsty; but he had left off keeping pigs for some time.

  • There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty, close by the seaside.

    Grimms' Fairy Tales The Brothers Grimm
  • The roof is open to the sky and overhangs both the farmyard and the pigsty.

British Dictionary definitions for pigsty


noun (pl) -sties
a pen for pigs; sty
(Brit) a dirty or untidy place
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Word Origin and History for pigsty

1590s, from pig (n.) + sty. Figurative use for "miserable, dirty hovel" is attested from 1820.

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