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adjective, past·i·er, past·i·est.
  1. of or like paste in consistency, texture, color, etc.
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noun, plural past·ies.
  1. pasties, a pair of small, cuplike coverings for the nipples of a stripper, nude model, etc.
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Origin of pasty1

1650–60 for def 1; 1950–55 for def 2; paste + -y1 (for def 1), -y2 (for def 2)



noun, plural pas·ties. Chiefly British.
  1. a pie filled with game, fish, or the like.
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Origin of pasty2

1250–1300; Middle English pastee < Middle French. See pâté
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Examples from the Web for pasties

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Historical Examples

  • There is cold fowl, rabbit-pie, some pasties, and things of that kind.'

  • There are, I must tell you, pasties so jolly heavy that they call them 'inheritance pasties.'

  • If there is any of the meat gravy left serve it with the pasties.

    Standard Paper-Bag Cookery

    Emma Paddock Telford

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

    Lost Diaries

    Maurice Baring

  • They had pasties to eat, and burnt their candles so long as they could keep them alight.

    An Old English Home

    S. Baring-Gould

British Dictionary definitions for pasties


adjective pastier or pastiest
  1. of or like the colour, texture, etc, of paste
  2. (esp of the complexion) pale or unhealthy-looking
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noun plural pasties
  1. either one of a pair of small round coverings for the nipples used by striptease dancers
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Derived Formspastily, adverbpastiness, noun


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

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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).

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

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