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 formspre·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 confusedpassed past paste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pasting

spit, fix, gum, patch, stick, cement, fasten, plaster, mucilage, stickum

Examples from the Web for pasting

Contemporary Examples of pasting

  • Almost every two-term president gets a pasting in the midterms, but Obama now faces lame-duck issues on an historic scale.

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    Obama: Lamest Duck Ever?

    Jonathan Alter

    November 6, 2014

  • He spent eight years cutting and pasting bakeries in different locations for [French bakery] Fauchon.

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    First Cronuts, Now Sundaes in a Can

    Tim Teeman

    August 1, 2014

Historical Examples of pasting

  • You have had a busy afternoon cutting and pasting and planning for the happiness of others.

    Mary's Rainbow

    Mary Edward Feehan

  • Yes, Gene, I often try to draw and paint; but I am better at pasting than anything else.

    Mary's Rainbow

    Mary Edward Feehan

  • But when the pasting together of their work began, there was an end of reading.

    Principle and Practice

    Harriet Martineau

  • What in thunder and lightning are you pasting those labels on your valise for?

    Peck's Bad Boy Abroad

    George W. Peck

  • Marking forms from tablets and cutting and pasting them on backgrounds.

    Elementary Color

    Milton Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for pasting



slang a thrashing; heavy defeat




a mixture or material of a soft or malleable consistency, such as toothpaste
an adhesive made from water and flour or starch, used esp for joining pieces of paper
a preparation of food, such as meat, that has been powdered to a creamy mass, for spreading on bread, crackers, etc
any of various sweet doughy confectionsalmond paste
dough, esp when prepared with shortening, as for making pastry
  1. Also called: strassa hard shiny glass used for making imitation gems
  2. an imitation gem made of this glass
the combined ingredients of porcelainSee also hard paste, soft paste

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




(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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Word Origin and History for pasting



"to stick with paste," 1560s; see paste (n.). Related: Pasted; pasting.



c.1300 (mid-12c. as a surname), "dough," from Old French paste "dough, pastry" (13c., Modern French pâte), from Late Latin pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste" (see pasta). Meaning "glue mixture" is first attested mid-15c.



"hit hard," 1846, probably an alteration of baste "beat" (see lambaste). Related: Pasted; pasting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pasting in Medicine




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