- a pen or enclosure for swine; pigpen.
- any filthy place or abode.
- a place of bestial debauchery.
- to keep or lodge in or as if in a sty.
- to live in or as if in a sty.
Origin of sty1
- a circumscribed abscess caused by bacterial infection of the glands on the edge of the eyelid; hordeolum.
Origin of sty2
Examples from the Web for sties
He brote doun me upon the sties of ritwisnesse; for his name.Lectures on Bible Revision
And Circ shut them in sties, and gave them mast and acorns and cornel to eat.Stories of the Old world
Alfred John Church
The pigs now began to direct their course towards the sties in which they had been so well fed the night before.
On arriving at the sties, the ease with which they shot themselves over the four-feet walls was incredible.
Cottagers cannot afford barley-meal, but they certainly could keep their sties much cleaner.The Hills and the Vale
- a pen in which pigs are housed and fed
- any filthy or corrupt place
- to enclose or be enclosed in a sty
Word Origin and History for sties
"pen for pigs," Old English sti, stig "hall, pen" (in sti-fearh), from Proto-Germanic *stijan (cf. Old Norse stia "sty, kennel," Old High German stiga "pen for small cattle").
"inflamed swelling in the eyelid," 1610s, probably a back-formation from Middle English styany (as though sty on eye), mid-15c., from Old English stigend "sty," literally "riser," from present participle of stigan "go up, rise," from Proto-Germanic *stig- (see stair).
- Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid.hordeolum