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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (n.)an enclosure for swine; pigpen.

  2. a filthy place or abode.

  3. (v.t.)to keep or lodge in or as if in a sty.

  4. (v.i.)to live in or as if in a sty.

Origin of sty:

bef. 1000; OE stī in stī-fearh sty-pig, prob. identical with stig- in stigweardsteward

stystaɪ(n.)(pl.)sties or styes.

or stye

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

    Category: Ophthalmology

Origin of sty:

1610–20; by false division of ME styanye sty (styan (OE stīgend sty, lit., rising) +yeeye ), taken to be sty on eye

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sty, stye, hordeolum, eye infection(noun)

    an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid

  2. sty, pigsty, pigpen(noun)

    a pen for swine

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sty(verb)

    a pen or inclosure for swine

  2. Sty(verb)

    a place of bestial debauchery

  3. Sty(verb)

    to shut up in, or as in, a sty

  4. Sty(verb)

    to soar; to ascend; to mount. See Stirrup

  5. Sty(verb)

    an inflamed swelling or boil on the edge of the eyelid


  1. Sty

    A sty or pigsty is a small-scale outdoor enclosure for raising domestic pigs. It is sometimes referred to as a hog pen, hog parlor, pigpen, pig parlor, or pig-cote. Pigsties are generally fenced areas of bare dirt and/or mud. Both "sty" and "pigpen" are used as derogatory descriptions of dirty, messy areas. There are three contributing reasons that pigs, generally clean animals, create such a living environment: ⁕Pigs are voracious eaters and will eat all the plants in the enclosure until there is nothing left to control erosion. ⁕The pig is a rooting animal and will dig for food in the enclosure, further disturbing the soil. ⁕Pigs do not regulate temperature by sweating which means that they must be provided with water or mud in which they can control their own body temperature. A large-scale enclosure for raising pigs is generally called a hog lot. Unlike a sty which would be found on a mixed farm, a hog lot is usually a dedicated facility.

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a pigsty.

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