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sty

noun \ ˈstī \

Definition of sty

plural sties also styes
: pigpen

Origin and Etymology of sty

Middle English, from Old English stig pen; pigpen; akin to Old Norse svīnsti pigpen

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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sty

verb

Definition of sty

stied or styed; stying
transitive verb
: to lodge or keep in a sty
intransitive verb
: to live in a sty

First Known Use of sty

before 12th century


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sty

noun \ ˈstī \
variants: or stye

Definition of sty

plural sties or styes
: an inflamed swelling of a sebaceous gland at the margin of an eyelid

Origin and Etymology of sty

short for obsolete English styan, from Middle English styanye eye with a sty, from Old English stīgend sty, from stīgan to go up, rise — more at stair


STY Defined for Kids

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sty

noun \ ˈstī \

Definition of sty for Students

plural sties
: pigpen

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sty

noun
variants: or stye \ˈstī\

Definition of sty for Students

plural sties or styes
: a painful red swelling on the edge of an eyelid

Medical Dictionary

sty

noun
variants: or stye play \ˈstī\

medical Definition of sty

plural sties or styes
: an inflamed swelling of a sebaceous gland at the margin of an eyelid called also hordeolum


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