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  1. a mixture of flour and water, often with starch or the like, used for causing paper or other material to adhere to something.
  2. any soft, smooth, and plastic material or preparation.
  3. dough, especially when prepared with shortening, as for making pie crust and other pastry: puff paste.
  4. any of various semisoft fruit confections of pliable consistency: almond paste; guava paste.
  5. a preparation of fish, tomatoes, or other food reduced to a smooth, soft mass, as for a relish or for seasoning.
  6. pasta.
  7. a mixture of clay, water, etc., for making pottery or porcelain.
  8. Jewelry.
    1. a brilliant, heavy glass, as strass, used for making artificial gems.
    2. an artificial gem of this material.
  9. Slang. a hard smack, blow, or punch, especially on the face.
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verb (used with object), past·ed, past·ing.
  1. to fasten or stick with paste or the like.
  2. to cover with something applied by means of paste.
  3. Slang. to hit (a person) hard, especially on the face.
  4. Computers. to insert (copied text, images, etc.) into a file.Compare copy(def 15), cut(def 24).
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verb (used without object)
  1. Computers. to insert copied text, images, etc., into a file.Compare cut(def 42).
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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·ing.re·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
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Related Words for pasting

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

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Contemporary Examples of pasting

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


  1. slang a thrashing; heavy defeat
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  1. a mixture or material of a soft or malleable consistency, such as toothpaste
  2. an adhesive made from water and flour or starch, used esp for joining pieces of paper
  3. a preparation of food, such as meat, that has been powdered to a creamy mass, for spreading on bread, crackers, etc
  4. any of various sweet doughy confectionsalmond paste
  5. 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
  6. the combined ingredients of porcelainSee also hard paste, soft paste
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verb (tr)
  1. (often foll by on or onto) to attach by or as if by using pastehe pasted posters onto the wall
  2. (usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesivehe pasted the wall with posters
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Word Origin for paste

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


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

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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.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pasting in Medicine


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