Definition of sty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//staɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//staɪ//
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  1. 1(pl. sties) = pigsty
  2. 2(also stye) (sties, styes) an infection of the eyelid (= the skin above or below the eye) which makes it red and sore
  3. Word Originsense 1 Old English stī- (in stīfearh ‘sty pig’), probably identical with stig ‘hall’ (see steward), of Germanic origin.sense 2 early 17th cent.: from dialect styany, from styan (from Old English stīgend ‘riser’) + eye.
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