sty

1
[ stahy ]
/ staɪ /

noun, plural sties.

a pen or enclosure for swine; pigpen.
any filthy place or abode.
a place of bestial debauchery.

verb (used with object), stied, sty·ing.

to keep or lodge in or as if in a sty.

verb (used without object), stied, sty·ing.

to live in or as if in a sty.

Nearby words

  1. stuttgart disease,
  2. stutz,
  3. stuyvesant,
  4. stuyvesant, peter,
  5. stv,
  6. stye,
  7. stygian,
  8. styl-,
  9. stylar,
  10. stylate

Origin of sty

1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English *stī in stī-fearh sty-pig; probably identical with stig- in stigweard steward; cognate with Old Norse stī, Dutch stijg, German Steige

sty

2

or stye

[ stahy ]
/ staɪ /

noun, plural sties. Ophthalmology.

a circumscribed abscess caused by bacterial infection of the glands on the edge of the eyelid; hordeolum.

Origin of sty

2
1610–20; by false division of Middle English styanye sty (styan (Old English stīgend sty, literally, rising) + ye eye), taken to be sty on eye

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British Dictionary definitions for sty

sty

/ (staɪ) /

noun plural sties

a pen in which pigs are housed and fed
any filthy or corrupt place

verb sties, stying or stied

to enclose or be enclosed in a sty

Word Origin for sty

Old English stig; related to Old Norse stīa pen, fold, Old High German stīga, Middle Dutch stije

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Word Origin and History for sty
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Medicine definitions for sty

sty

n. pl. sties

Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid.hordeolum

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