- a pen or enclosure for swine; pigpen.
- any filthy place or abode.
- a place of bestial debauchery.
- to keep or lodge in or as if in a sty.
- to live in or as if in a sty.
Origin of sty1
- 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 sty
Historical Examples of sty
"This is what love can be these days, foul as two pigs in a sty," said the harbor.The Harbor
You're in Bermondsey, mister, an' if you tyke my advice you'll go 'ome an' sty 'ome.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Do you know why you are fed so well while you stay in this sty?
Here, nine out of every ten of the guarijos we've seen, live like hogs in a sty.Plotting in Pirate Seas
For a while, I and my brother lived on in that sty and kept ourselves.Novel Notes
Jerome K. Jerome
- a pen in which pigs are housed and fed
- any filthy or corrupt place
- to enclose or be enclosed in a sty
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).
- Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid.hordeolum