noun, plural sties. Ophthalmology.
Origin of sty2
Examples from the Web for stye
They be Chichesters then—the werry best breed as a man ever had in his stye.The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit|Richard Harris
Thou female imp of Appollo, more mischievous than Circe, who fed gentlemen of the army in a hog's-stye!Three Hours after Marriage|John Gay
A Sow had just farrowed, and lay in the stye, with her whole litter of pigs about her.sop's Fables|sop
And if you'll only come here, to the right, I'll shew you the stye where our pig is, that's to be caught by the tail.The Wanderer (Volume 3 of 5)|Fanny Burney
Then put yourself in the second stye, never come put any more, and subtract.
noun plural styes or sties
Word Origin for stye
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).