Definition of pigsty in English:



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

    • ‘Top of my priority list for the spring is the transformation of an ugly garden shed originally built as a pigsty.’
    • ‘The sunlight dripped through the open window, casting its golden rays over the pigsty.’
    • ‘When we arrived at the pigsty it was a different sight altogether.’
    • ‘More prosperous rural Romanians may have a large enclosed yard with a garden, hay barn, stable, pigsty, chicken coop, corncrib, and outhouse.’
    • ‘It was built by squire John Walter Barry in 1883 as a pigsty for his two sows.’
    • ‘As reported by Reuters, for example, the European Union directive supposedly required farmers to ‘put a football, metal chains or hay in their pigsties.’’
    • ‘Special paintings were made for almost all the rooms in a household, even chicken sheds and pigsties were hung with auspicious pictures.’
    • ‘On their journey back with the clock, their van is hijacked and the lads are locked in a pigsty.’
    • ‘The sheep-barn and the pigsty were empty, but intact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was much more room outside, with outbuildings where hay was stored, pigsties, a flower garden and a vegetable patch.’
    • ‘Other sections have been vandalized, covered in graffiti and ripped up for use in pigsties and coal mines.’
    • ‘Thus Bridget descends by parachute into a pigsty full of excrement, struggles hopelessly on skis, and gets drenched by passing London lorries.’
    • ‘We lived in a one-room bedsit, shared a kitchen, had no bathroom and used an outdoor earth closet adjoining the pigsty.’
    • ‘It's a mixture of habitable buildings, several disused farms, cowsheds and what was probably once a 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.’
    • ‘One school in Jiuting Town of Songjiang District was formerly a pigsty.’
    • ‘Every building, barn, outhouse, pigsty, highway, driveway, railspur, lane, gravel pit, and potato field is rendered with loving care.’
    • ‘There were ducks in the duck pond and pigs in the pigsty and he loved the look of it.’
    • ‘The accolade meant the impressive cascade had come a long way since the site was used as a pigsty during the Second World War.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The laborers effectively replant and rebuild their plots of land or pigsties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the Cultural Revolution the peasants living nearby used the material for building homes, pigsties and farm buildings.’
    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’
      • ‘Then, he refers to the Holbrooks as animals and to their house as a pigsty.’
      • ‘It's a bit like saying you continue to live in a pigsty because no one comes to visit your house.’
      • ‘The house was a pigsty and we tried to do all we could to make things better.’
      • ‘It treads a fine line between being a traditional boozer and a downright dirty pigsty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Have fun cleaning your dump,’ laughed Treena knowing what a pigsty Pheobe's room usually is.’
      • ‘Their house is a virtual pigsty of junk, either for sale or as part of Fred's personal collection.’
      • ‘Tons of work to do and my house is turning into a pigsty.’
      • ‘He said the house was a pigsty, the biggest mess ever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Marie had insisted on tidying up Dylan's room, she said that it was worse than a pigsty.’
      • ‘I'm a terrible mess and create a pigsty wherever I go.’
      • ‘I smacked him in the head and went hunting for some clothes to wear in the junk-infested pigsty he called his room.’
      • ‘Surely, they have a right to more than pigsties for living space?’
      hovel, slum, shack, mess
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