Much more I, who am apt to get too near that ugly 'sty of Epicurus' sometimes!
And the girls heard the hungry grunting of a pig in its sty.
A proverb on the laziness and lodgings of the servants: “The worse their sty—the longer they lie.”
She had to crawl, for there was not room in the sty for even a child to stand upright.
He quickened his steps; his heart beat very fast; he looked over the edge of the sty, and, oh horror!
Such is the modern philosophy of the Moulders, pigs out of the sty of Epicurus.
It stands for sty-ward, where sty means pen, not necessarily limited to pigs.
Unable to bear the uncertainty, he rushed forward and looked into the sty.
Do you know why you are fed so well while you stay in this sty?
You're in Bermondsey, mister, an' if you tyke my advice you'll go 'ome an' sty 'ome.
"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).
sty or stye (stī)
n. pl. sties or styes (stīz)
Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid. Also called hordeolum.