Definition of pigsty in English:


nounPlural pigsties

  • 1A pen or enclosure for a pig or pigs.

    • ‘The laborers effectively replant and rebuild their plots of land or pigsties.’
    • ‘There was much more room outside, with outbuildings where hay was stored, pigsties, a flower garden and a vegetable patch.’
    • ‘During the Cultural Revolution the peasants living nearby used the material for building homes, pigsties and farm buildings.’
    • ‘Every building, barn, outhouse, pigsty, highway, driveway, railspur, lane, gravel pit, and potato field is rendered with loving care.’
    • ‘To be more accurate, she decided to transform the stable, pigsty and cow shed at her Bed-and-Breakfast in Dunnington into three separate rooms, providing all the facilities needed to make their stay a comfortable one.’
    • ‘The accolade meant the impressive cascade had come a long way since the site was used as a pigsty during the Second World War.’
    • ‘We lived in a one-room bedsit, shared a kitchen, had no bathroom and used an outdoor earth closet adjoining the pigsty.’
    • ‘The sunlight dripped through the open window, casting its golden rays over the pigsty.’
    • ‘I have waded the steppes that saw yelling Huns in saddles, worn the clothes nowadays back in fashion in every quarter, planted rye, tarred the roofs of pigsties and stables, guzzled everything save dry water.’
    • ‘More prosperous rural Romanians may have a large enclosed yard with a garden, hay barn, stable, pigsty, chicken coop, corncrib, and outhouse.’
    • ‘There were ducks in the duck pond and pigs in the pigsty and he loved the look of it.’
    • ‘One school in Jiuting Town of Songjiang District was formerly a pigsty.’
    • ‘It was built by squire John Walter Barry in 1883 as a pigsty for his two sows.’
    • ‘Top of my priority list for the spring is the transformation of an ugly garden shed originally built as a pigsty.’
    • ‘Special paintings were made for almost all the rooms in a household, even chicken sheds and pigsties were hung with auspicious pictures.’
    • ‘Thus Bridget descends by parachute into a pigsty full of excrement, struggles hopelessly on skis, and gets drenched by passing London lorries.’
    • ‘The sheep-barn and the pigsty were empty, but intact.’
    • ‘It's a mixture of habitable buildings, several disused farms, cowsheds and what was probably once a pigsty.’
    • ‘When we arrived at the pigsty it was a different sight altogether.’
    • ‘On their journey back with the clock, their van is hijacked and the lads are locked in a pigsty.’
    • ‘Other sections have been vandalized, covered in graffiti and ripped up for use in pigsties and coal mines.’
    • ‘The police helicopter passed over the pigsties; we waved just in case Nigel and Parvez were on board.’
    • ‘The ruling from Brussels, which is to become law in Britain next week, sets a maximum penalty of a £1,000 fine or three months in prison for farmers who do not have some toy in every pigsty.’
    • ‘Apparently, what my uncle's group had thought was something fairly high powered for the 12th century, and had evidence of metalworking, was in fact a pigsty.’
    • ‘As reported by Reuters, for example, the European Union directive supposedly required farmers to ‘put a football, metal chains or hay in their pigsties.’’
    complete mess
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    1. 1.1 A very dirty or untidy house or room.
      ‘she was fed up with living in a pigsty’
      • ‘Not that my place is a pigsty but putting things away that have lingered on tables for a little while is a necessity I feel for a number of guests like this.’
      • ‘I'm a terrible mess and create a pigsty wherever I go.’
      • ‘Rubbing my eyes, I tossed on a T-shirt that was about three sizes too big and a pair of cargo capris, pulling my hair into a ragged ponytail as I left my pigsty of a room.’
      • ‘He likes to be organised - ‘the boys tease me about it, but it helps’ - and his peg is a picture of neatness next to Ricky Ponting's pigsty in the dressing room.’
      • ‘Surely, they have a right to more than pigsties for living space?’
      • ‘Fussy Felix is a neat-freak whose wife has just thrown him out of their house, and Oscar is a placid slob who has wallowed in his pigsty apartment ever since his divorce.’
      • ‘Their house is a virtual pigsty of junk, either for sale or as part of Fred's personal collection.’
      • ‘Then, he refers to the Holbrooks as animals and to their house as a pigsty.’
      • ‘If you want to live in a pigsty then don't do anything with your house, but if you want to make it nice for yourself you get penalised.’
      • ‘Maybe she could move in with her brother, but remembering what a pigsty her brother's house is, she knew she'd be left to pick up after his mess.’
      • ‘It treads a fine line between being a traditional boozer and a downright dirty pigsty.’
      • ‘The house was a pigsty and we tried to do all we could to make things better.’
      • ‘‘Have fun cleaning your dump,’ laughed Treena knowing what a pigsty Pheobe's room usually is.’
      • ‘Tons of work to do and my house is turning into a pigsty.’
      • ‘Marie had insisted on tidying up Dylan's room, she said that it was worse than a pigsty.’
      • ‘I missed my pigsty of a room, the drone of football practice after school, and everything else that had, before, made my life a living nightmare.’
      • ‘But they didn't know what was frowned upon by society, obviously, because they're house was a pigsty.’
      • ‘It's a bit like saying you continue to live in a pigsty because no one comes to visit your house.’
      • ‘I smacked him in the head and went hunting for some clothes to wear in the junk-infested pigsty he called his room.’
      • ‘He said the house was a pigsty, the biggest mess ever.’
      hovel, slum, shack, mess
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