From Middle English sty, from Old English stī, stiġ, from Proto-Germanic *stiją. Cognate with German Steige ("hen-coop"), Danish sti ("enclosure for swine, sheep, hens, etc."), Swedish stia ("sty for pigs, geese, etc."), Norwegian sti ("flock of sheep"), Icelandic stía ("a kennel").
From Middle English stien, stiȝen, stighen, from Old English stīgan, from Proto-West Germanic *stīgan, from Proto-Germanic *stīganą, from Proto-Indo-European *steygʰ-. Cognate with Dutch stijgen, German steigen, Norwegian Bokmål stige, Norwegian Nynorsk and Swedish stiga, Old Norse stíga.
From Middle English styanye, mistaken as "sty on eye" yet composed of Old English stīġend, agent noun from stīgan + Middle English yë.
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