sty

A sty is an outdoor home for a pig. If your sister keeps her clothes in heaps on her bedroom floor and leaves empty cereal bowls on every available surface, your mother might complain that her room is a sty.

An actual pig sty, also called a pigpen, is typically a fenced-in area of mud or dirt. Although pigs aren't particularly dirty animals, they do need water or mud to stay cool, and they are naturally inclined to chew plants and root through dirt with their noses. The word sty is also commonly used to describe extremely messy human homes. Sty can also mean a swollen infection of the eye.

Primary Meanings of sty

1.
n
a pen for swine
2.
n
an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid
Full Definitions of sty
1

n a pen for swine

Synonyms:
pigpen, pigsty
Type of:
pen
an enclosure for confining livestock
2

n an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid

Synonyms:
eye infection, hordeolum, stye
Type of:
infection
the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms

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