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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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Examples from the Web for tastily

Historical Examples

  • Amid the trees the tastily painted, red-roofed cottages were to be seen.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

  • He did not go to get what had been left (noodles, he guessed, tastily thickening a broth).

  • The company is very good, and the house convenient and tastily decorated.

    Peregrine in France

    William Bromet

  • But the food, if plain, was of excellent quality, tastily cooked.

    Big Timber

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • However, they are tastily decorated with designs in colored bamboo or fern cuticle.

British Dictionary definitions for tastily


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 tastily



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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