[ peyst ]
/ peɪst /


verb (used with object), past·ed, past·ing.

verb (used without object)

Computers. to insert copied text, images, etc., into a file.Compare cut(def 42).

Origin of paste

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin pasta dough < Greek pastá barley porridge, noun use of neuter plural of pastós, verbid of pássein to strew, sprinkle; a pasta was originally a kind of gruel sprinkled with salt; (defs 9, 12) probably by association with baste3

Related forms

pre·paste, verb (used with object), pre·past·ed, pre·past··paste, verb (used with object), re·past·ed, re·past·ing.sem·i·paste, nounun·paste, verb (used with object), un·past·ed, un·past·ing.

Can be confused

passed past paste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paste

British Dictionary definitions for paste (1 of 2)


/ (peɪst) /


verb (tr)

(often foll by on or onto) to attach by or as if by using pastehe pasted posters onto the wall
(usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesivehe pasted the wall with posters

Word Origin for paste

C14: via Old French from Late Latin pasta dough, from Greek pastē barley porridge, from pastos, from passein to sprinkle

British Dictionary definitions for paste (2 of 2)


/ (peɪst) /


(tr) slang to hit, esp with the fists; punch or beat soundly

Word Origin for paste

C19: variant of baste ³
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Medicine definitions for paste


[ pāst ]


A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.
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