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 sty
Much more I, who am apt to get too near that ugly 'sty of Epicurus' sometimes!The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Pig-raising is the most popular line, and there is great rivalry between the several "sty proprietors."Stories of the Ships|Lewis R. Freeman
Then he sat down on the edge of the sty, and looked long and silently at an empty bucket.Auld Licht Idylls|J. M. Barrie
Sows with litters two or three weeks old should be allowed out of the sty each morning and afternoon for a short time.The Pig|Sanders Spencer
The poor Friar, who was not able to stand upon his leg, crawled on all-fours out of the sty, crying for mercy as loud as he could.The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.)|Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
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).