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adjective, past·i·er, past·i·est.
  1. of or like paste in consistency, texture, color, etc.
noun, plural past·ies.
  1. 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)


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1. pale, ashen, ashy, wan, sallow.


noun, plural pas·ties. Chiefly British.
  1. a pie filled with game, fish, or the like.

Origin of pasty2

1250–1300; Middle English pastee < Middle French. See pâté
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adjective pastier or pastiest
  1. of or like the colour, texture, etc, of paste
  2. (esp of the complexion) pale or unhealthy-looking
noun plural pasties
  1. either one of a pair of small round coverings for the nipples used by striptease dancers
Derived Formspastily, adverbpastiness, noun


noun plural pasties
  1. a round of pastry folded over a filling of meat, vegetables, etcCornish 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.

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