- 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 stye
He did—Stye Head—he left me to go there at daybreak this morning.The Shadow of a Crime
As they approached the stye, Harry turned away his head with a look of disgust.David Elginbrod
I call it sensible for everyone to stye in their proper spere.The Dust Flower
Accordingly, he visited the patient, which lay groaning in the stye.An Old English Home
A Sow had just farrowed, and lay in the stye, with her whole litter of pigs about her.sop's Fables
- inflammation of a sebaceous gland of the eyelid, usually caused by bacteriatechnical name hordeolum
- 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 stye
"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