Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An enclosure for swine.
  • n. A filthy place.
  • transitive v. To shut up in or live in a sty.
  • n. Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pen or enclosure for swine.
  • n. A messy or dirty place.
  • v. To place in a sty.
  • v. To live in a sty, or any messy or dirty place.
  • n. A ladder.
  • n. An inflammation of the eyelid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pen or inclosure for swine.
  • n. A place of bestial debauchery.
  • n. An inflamed swelling or boil on the edge of the eyelid.
  • intransitive v. To soar; to ascend; to mount. See stirrup.
  • transitive v. To shut up in, or as in, a sty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go upward; mount; ascend; soar.
  • To mount (upon a horse).
  • To aspire.
  • To occupy a sty or hovel; live in a sty.
  • To lodge in a sty or hovel; pen up.
  • n. An ascent; an ascending lane or path; any narrow pathway or course.
  • n. A step upward; a stair.
  • n. A ladder.
  • n. A pen or inclosure for swine; a pigsty.
  • n. Hence A filthy hovel or place: any place of mean living or bestial debauchery.
  • n. A circumscribed inflammatory swelling of the edge of the eyelid, like a small boil; hordeolurn. Also spelled stye.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid
  • n. a pen for swine

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English stig.
Alteration of Middle English styanye : styan, sty (from Old English stīgend, from present participle of stīgan, to rise; see steigh- in Indo-European roots) + eye, ye, eye; see eye.

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From Middle English sty, from Old English stī, stiġ ("sty, pen, a wooden enclosure; hall", chiefly in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *stijan. Cognate with German Steige ("hen-coop"), Danish sti ("enclosure for swine, sheep, hens, etc."), Swedish stia ("sty for pigs, geese, etc."), Norwegian sti ("flock of sheep"), Icelandic stía ("a kennel").

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Old English stīgan, from Old Norse stíga, from Proto-Germanic *stīganan, from Proto-Indo-European *steigʰ-. Cognate with Dutch stijgen, German steigen, Swedish stiga.

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Probably a back-formation from styany, mistaken for "sty-on-eye" but correctly from Middle English styany, composed of styan ("sty"; from Old English stīġende, present participle of stīgan ("to rise")) + y ("eye").

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