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pigsty

[pig-stahy]
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noun, plural pig·sties.
  1. pigpen.
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Origin of pigsty

First recorded in 1585–95; pig1 + sty1
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Related Words

shack, building, box, apartment, dwelling, residence, condominium, mansion, home, condo, hut, shanty, cottage, lean-to, pen, pigpen, hole, pigsty, mess, sty

Examples from the Web for pigsty

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Historical Examples

  • The walls of the pigsty which Thankful had had built rose from a lake.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I will take your berth, and the fellow shall not turn the room into a pigsty.

    Seek and Find

    Oliver Optic

  • What'll be your charge for the plan of the pigsty, Mr. Lindsay?

    The Guardian Angel

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • There were no pigs in it, and it was, for a pigsty, very clean.

    Lalage's Lovers

    George A. Birmingham

  • Did she by any chance force her way into the pigsty and find the Anti-Cat?

    Lalage's Lovers

    George A. Birmingham


British Dictionary definitions for pigsty

pigsty

US and Canadian pigpen

noun plural -sties
  1. a pen for pigs; sty
  2. British a dirty or untidy place
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Word Origin and History for pigsty

n.

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

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