There are 2 definitions of sty in English:

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Pronunciation: /stʌɪ
 
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noun (plural sties)

  • A pigsty: figurative the place is a real sty, beer and wine bottles all over the place
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    • It was a complete sty; papers littered the ground, dirty dishes were in the sink, and the windows were covered with a grimy film.
    • I'm gonna catch a disease with my clothes torn, my body sweating and now, having to crawl through an absolute sty of filth!

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

Origin

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:

sty2

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Pronunciation: /stʌɪ
 
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(also stye)

noun (plural sties 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.

Origin

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

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