Sty Sty, v. i. [OE. stien, sti?en, AS. st[=i]gan to rise; akin to D. stijgen, OS. & OHG. st[=i]gan, G. steigen, Icel. st[=i]ga, Sw. stiga, Dan. stige, Goth. steigan, L. vestigium footstep, Gr. ? to walk, to go, Skr. stigh to mount. Cf. {Distich}, {Stair} steps, {Stirrup}, {Sty} a boil, a pen for swine, {Vestige}.] To soar; to ascend; to mount. See {Stirrup}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

With bolder wing shall dare aloft to sty, To the last praises of this Faery Queene. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • sty — sty·las·ter; sty·las·te·ri·na; sty·late; sty·let; sty·let·ed; sty·let·i·form; …   English syllables

  • Sty — Sty, n. [For older styan, styanye, understood as sty on eye, AS. st[=i]gend (sc. e[ a]ge eye), properly, rising, or swelling (eye), p. p. of st[=i]gan to rise. See {Sty}, v. i.] (Med.) An inflamed swelling or boil on the edge of the eyelid.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sty — Sty, n.; pl. {Sties}. [Written also {stigh}.] [AS. stigu, fr. st[=i]gan to rise; originally, probably, a place into which animals climbed or went up. [root]164. See {Sty}, v. i., and cf. {Steward}.] 1. A pen or inclosure for swine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sty — Sty, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stying}.] To shut up in, or as in, a sty. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sty — Ⅰ. sty [1] ► NOUN (pl. sties) ▪ a pigsty. ORIGIN from an Old English word found in the combination «sty pig». Ⅱ. sty [2] (also stye) ► NOUN (pl …   English terms dictionary

  • sty — sty1 [stī] n. pl. sties [ME stie < OE sti, stig, hall, enclosure, prob. < IE base * stāi , to stop up, thicken > STONE] 1. a pen for pigs 2. any foul or filthy place vt., vi. stied, stying to lodge in or as in a sty sty2 …   English World dictionary

  • sty — [ staı ] noun count 1. ) a small building where pigs are kept on a farm a ) AMERICAN INFORMAL a very messy or dirty room 2. ) sty or stye an infection of the EYELID that makes it red and painful …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sty — The word meaning ‘a pen for pigs’ has the plural form sties. The word for ‘an inflamed swelling on the eyelid’ should be spelt sty, not stye, and also has the plural form sties …   Modern English usage

  • sty — [staı] n plural sties [Sense: 1; Origin: Old English stig] [Sense: 2; Origin: Old English stigend, from stigan to rise ] 1.) a place where pigs are kept = ↑pigsty 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • -sty — sty·lic; …   English syllables

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