noun, plural pig·sties.

Origin of pigsty

First recorded in 1585–95; pig1 + sty1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pigsty

Contemporary Examples of pigsty

Historical Examples of pigsty

  • 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

  • I don't think a pigsty is absolutely essential to Lalage's comfort.

    Lalage's Lovers

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for pigsty


US and Canadian pigpen

noun plural -sties

a pen for pigs; sty
British a dirty or untidy place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pigsty

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper