or stye


noun, plural sties. Ophthalmology.

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

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stye



noun plural styes or sties

inflammation of a sebaceous gland of the eyelid, usually caused by bacteriatechnical name hordeolum

Word Origin for stye

C15 styanye (mistakenly taken as sty on eye), from Old English stīgend rising, hence swelling, stye + ye eye


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 stye
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Medicine definitions for stye


n. pl. sties

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

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