pig·​sty | \ˈpig-ˌstī \

Definition of pigsty 

: pigpen

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dump, hellhole, hole, pigpen, shambles, sty

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Photo: Eun-Young Jeong/The Wall Street Journal The region’s pigsties and manure-reclamation facilities have led to more than 155 smell complaints in Jeonbuk Innocity this year, according to a provincial official. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Want to Oversee the World’s Third-Largest Pension Fund? There’s Just One Catch," 11 Sep. 2018 The method, called phage therapy, was popular in former Soviet republics, but had mostly been abandoned in the U.S. Researchers had to hunt for the right virus in Texas pigsties and sewage treatment plants. Eric Boodman, STAT, "First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance," 21 June 2018 Witnesses had described seeing Mr. delos Santos being dragged away by the officers and finding his body slumped over near a pigsty. Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "3 Philippine Officers Charged in a Killing That Spurred Outrage," 29 Jan. 2018 Sometimes they are pressed into service to extinguish fires that break out in nearby grass heaps and pigsties. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 Blake pushed back on comments that Mariner's Village streets were caked with mud and the neighborhood had been turned into a pigsty. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Mandeville water line project slows to trickle, prompting complaints," 29 Jan. 2018 That very smoothness, however, makes the show at odds with the messiness that Bangs seemed to thrive on — and lived in, judging by the set designer Richard Hoover’s realistic pigsty of an apartment. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "How to Listen to Rock ’n’ Roll in a Theater," 12 Jan. 2018 Adrian’s remains were found in a pigsty outside the family’s Kansas City, Kansas, home in November 2015. Margaret Stafford, The Seattle Times, "Kansas boy’s relatives sue Kansas, Missouri social workers," 31 Aug. 2017 Adrian’s remains were found in a pigsty outside the family’s Kansas City, Kansas, home in November 2015. Washington Post, "Kansas boy’s relatives sue Kansas, Missouri social workers," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pigsty

1580, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pigsty

: a place where pigs are kept

: a dirty or messy place


pig·​sty | \ˈpig-ˌstī \

Kids Definition of pigsty

: pigpen

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