noun Date: 1580 pigpen

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  • Pigsty — Pig sty , n.; pl. {Pigsties}. A pigpen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pigsty — (n.) 1590s, from PIG (Cf. pig) (n.) + STY (Cf. sty). Figurative use for miserable, dirty hovel is attested from 1820 …   Etymology dictionary

  • pigsty — ► NOUN (pl. pigsties) 1) a pen or enclosure for a pig or pigs. 2) a very dirty or untidy house or room …   English terms dictionary

  • pigsty — [pig′stī΄] n. pl. pigsties PIGPEN …   English World dictionary

  • pigsty — [[t]pɪ̱gstaɪ[/t]] pigsties also pig sty 1) N COUNT A pigsty is an enclosed place where pigs are kept on a farm. [mainly BRIT] Syn: pigpen (in AM, usually use pigpen) 2) N COUNT: usu sing (disapproval) If you describe a room or a house as a pigsty …   English dictionary

  • pigsty — UK [ˈpɪɡˌstaɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms pigsty : singular pigsty plural pigsties 1) British a small building on a farm where pigs are kept 2) informal a place that is very dirty or untidy …   English dictionary

  • pigsty — pig|sty [ˈpıgstaı] n plural pigsties 1.) a building where pigs are kept American Equivalent: pigpen 2.) informal a very dirty or untidy place American Equivalent: pigpen ▪ The house was a pigsty, as usual …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pigsty — noun (C) 1 a place where pigs are kept, usually with a building and an outdoor area 2 a very dirty or untidy place: Clean up your room. It s a pigsty! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pigsty — /ˈpɪgstaɪ / (say pigstuy) noun (plural pigsties) 1. a sty or pen for pigs. 2. any dirty, messy or untidy place: this room is a real pigsty. 3. Railways the crisscrossed sleepers beneath the rails replacing temporarily the earthworks which have… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pigsty — /pig stuy /, n., pl. pigsties. pigpen. [1585 95; PIG1 + STY1] * * * …   Universalium

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