stye

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈstaɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ
  • Homophone: sty

Etymology 1[edit]

First recorded in the 17th century; probably a back-formation from Middle English styanye (first recorded in the 15th century), which in turn comes from Old English stīgend (a small tumour on the edge of the eyelid, stye), from the verb stīgan (to climb, ascend, rise) + Middle English eie (eye). Equivalent to sty +‎ eye.

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stye (plural styes)

  1. (medicine) A bacterial infection in the eyelash or eyelid.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

stye (plural styes)

  1. Archaic form of sty. (shelter for pigs)
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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English stīġ.

Noun[edit]

stye

  1. Alternative form of sty (path)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse stigi.

Noun[edit]

stye

  1. Alternative form of stie (ladder)