noun, plural sties.
verb (used with object), stied, sty·ing.
verb (used without object), stied, sty·ing.
Origin of sty1
noun, plural sties. Ophthalmology.
Origin of sty2
Examples from the Web for sties
Historical Examples of 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
noun plural sties
verb sties, stying or stied
Word Origin for sty
"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).