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tasty

[tey-stee]
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adjective, tast·i·er, tast·i·est.
  1. good-tasting; savory: a tasty canapé.
  2. Informal. having or showing good taste; tasteful.
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Origin of tasty

First recorded in 1610–20; taste + -y1
Related formstast·i·ly, adverbtast·i·ness, nounun·tast·i·ly, adverbun·tast·y, adjective
Can be confusedtasteful tasty

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  • He liked dry bread himself, and the drier the tastier, but he did all he could to spare others.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson

  • Another dish which will be found “grateful and comforting” is an old grouse—the older the tastier.

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • Only this time Peter Mink remarked that there was nothing any tastier than a fine eel.

    The Tale of Peter Mink

    Arthur Scott Bailey


British Dictionary definitions for tastier

tasty

adjective tastier or tastiest
  1. having a pleasant flavour
  2. British informal attractive: used chiefly by men when talking of women
  3. British informal skilful or impressiveshe was a bit tasty with a cutlass
  4. NZ (of cheddar cheese) having a strong flavour
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Derived Formstastily, adverbtastiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tastier

tasty

adj.

1610s, from taste (n.) + -y (2); in late 18c. it also could mean "tasteful, elegant" (from the secondary sense of taste (n.)).

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