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[pey-stee] /ˈpeɪ sti/
adjective, pastier, pastiest.
of or like paste in consistency, texture, color, etc.
noun, plural pasties.
pasties, a pair of small, cuplike coverings for the nipples of a stripper, nude model, etc.
Origin of pasty1
1650-60 for def 1; 1950-55 for def 2; paste + -y1 (for def 1), -y2 (for def 2)
1. pale, ashen, ashy, wan, sallow.


[pas-tee] /ˈpæs ti/
noun, plural pasties. Chiefly British.
a pie filled with game, fish, or the like.
1250-1300; Middle English pastee < Middle French. See pâté Unabridged
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  • Place the pasties on a greased baking-sheet, and bake in a quick oven from half an hour to an hour.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • There is cold fowl, rabbit-pie, some pasties, and things of that kind.'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • There were pasties of all sorts, game, confections and a choice selection of wines.

  • There is no wyne nor pasties, nor suffycent of flesshe, no bookes for to rede, nor any company.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • If there is any of the meat gravy left serve it with the pasties.

    Standard Paper-Bag Cookery Emma Paddock Telford
  • They had pasties to eat, and burnt their candles so long as they could keep them alight.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
  • In the wells and springs of that land harboured damsels who fed the wayfarer with meat and pasties and bread.

  • Probably, in fact, more energy goes into making the pasties than into any other one form of culinary effort.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • To my relief Pollie had at last munched her way through the pasties and sweetmeats stowed in her basket.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for pasties


adjective pastier, pastiest
of or like the colour, texture, etc, of paste
(esp of the complexion) pale or unhealthy-looking
noun (pl) pasties
either one of a pair of small round coverings for the nipples used by striptease dancers
Derived Forms
pastily, adverb
pastiness, noun


noun (pl) pasties
a round of pastry folded over a filling of meat, vegetables, etc: Cornish pasty
Word Origin
C13: from Old French pastée, from Late Latin pasta dough
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Word Origin and History for pasties

"adhesive patches worn over the nipples by exotic dancers," 1957, plural diminutive from paste (v.).



c.1300, a type of pastry pie, from Old French paste "dough, pastry," from Vulgar Latin *pastata "meat wrapped in pastry" from Latin pasta (see pasta).


"resembling paste," 1650s, from paste (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pastiness.



"resembling paste," 1650s, from paste (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pastiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pasties



Adhesive patches worn over the nipples by nude dancers (1961+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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