There are 2 definitions of sty in English:


Syllabification: sty
Pronunciation: /stī


A pigpen.
More example sentences
  • The Captain crossed over an old wooden sty, his feet landed in the lush grass on the other side, he looked down at the morning dew, other foot steps stretched out in front of him.
  • The farm at the centre of controversial plans to build a hotel in Rossendale has been targeted by vandals who attacked a new gate and sty, allowing animals to escape.

verb (sties, stying, stied)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
Keep (a pig) in a sty: the most beggarly place that ever pigs were stied in


Old English stī- (in stīfearh 'sty pig'), probably identical with stig 'hall' (see steward), of Germanic origin.

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There are 2 definitions of sty in English:


Syllabification: sty
Pronunciation: /
(also stye)

noun (plural sties /stīz/ or styes)

An inflamed swelling on the edge of an eyelid, caused by bacterial infection of the gland at the base of an eyelash.
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  • Usually the staphylococcal bacteria are not concentrated enough to do any harm, but sometimes they pass deeper into the skin to cause boils, abscesses, styes and carbuncles.
  • A stye is an infection of a tear gland at the edge of the eyelid.
  • A stye is caused by infection of a gland at the base of one or more eyelashes.


early 17th century: from dialect styany, from styan (from Old English stīgend 'riser') + eye.

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