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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Among them was a young gentleman who, without a glance at beef or pasty, at once made up to our party of three.

  • Be careful not to overcook it, and it will not be pasty, but firm and tender.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Tetlow's fat, smooth, pasty face of the overfed, underexercised professional man became a curious exhibit of alarm and obstinacy.

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • Stephen declared laughingly that he saw he should keep the pasty.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • It seemed such an absurd fact when she looked across the table at Zachary somberly munching his pasty.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for pasty


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 pasty

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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