/ (staɪ) /
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noun plural styes or sties
inflammation of a sebaceous gland of the eyelid, usually caused by bacteriatechnical name hordeolum
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Word Origin for stye
C15 styanye (mistakenly taken as sty on eye), from Old English stīgend rising, hence swelling, stye + ye eye
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How to use stye in a sentence
The callous Justice passed on to the next stye, immersed in thought.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Well, there is a stye in the soul of every one of us, in which abides a porker more or less objectionable.The Fiend's Delight|Dod Grile
As he jumped from the coop to the wall of the stye, he caught sight of several rats scampering to their holes.Creatures of the Night|Alfred W. Rees
For example, in Servia, if a man has a stye on his eyelid he comes to the conclusion that his aunt is pregnant.Schenk's Theory: The Determination of Sex|Samuel Leopold Schenk
Up the beach was his hut—I have seen many a stye a king to it—and in the doorway his—wife must I call her?In Eastern Seas|J. J. Smith