Definition of pigsty in US English:

pigsty

noun

  • A pigpen.

    • ‘We lived in a one-room bedsit, shared a kitchen, had no bathroom and used an outdoor earth closet adjoining the pigsty.’
    • ‘More prosperous rural Romanians may have a large enclosed yard with a garden, hay barn, stable, pigsty, chicken coop, corncrib, and outhouse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 laborers effectively replant and rebuild their plots of land or pigsties.’
    • ‘When we arrived at the pigsty it was a different sight altogether.’
    • ‘There was much more room outside, with outbuildings where hay was stored, pigsties, a flower garden and a vegetable patch.’
    • ‘The sheep-barn and the pigsty were empty, but intact.’
    • ‘The accolade meant the impressive cascade had come a long way since the site was used as a pigsty during the Second World War.’
    • ‘Special paintings were made for almost all the rooms in a household, even chicken sheds and pigsties were hung with auspicious pictures.’
    • ‘There were ducks in the duck pond and pigs in the pigsty and he loved the look of it.’
    • ‘It was built by squire John Walter Barry in 1883 as a pigsty for his two sows.’
    • ‘One school in Jiuting Town of Songjiang District was formerly a pigsty.’
    • ‘Top of my priority list for the spring is the transformation of an ugly garden shed originally built as a pigsty.’
    • ‘Thus Bridget descends by parachute into a pigsty full of excrement, struggles hopelessly on skis, and gets drenched by passing London lorries.’
    • ‘The police helicopter passed over the pigsties; we waved just in case Nigel and Parvez were on board.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On their journey back with the clock, their van is hijacked and the lads are locked in 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.’’
    • ‘It's a mixture of habitable buildings, several disused farms, cowsheds and what was probably once a pigsty.’
    • ‘Other sections have been vandalized, covered in graffiti and ripped up for use in pigsties and coal mines.’
    • ‘The sunlight dripped through the open window, casting its golden rays over the 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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Pronunciation

pigsty

/ˈpɪɡˌstaɪ//ˈpiɡˌstī/