[ tey-stee ]
/ ˈteɪ sti /

adjective, tast·i·er, tast·i·est.

good-tasting; savory: a tasty canapé.
Informal. having or showing good taste; tasteful.

Nearby words

  1. tastelessly,
  2. tastemaker,
  3. taster,
  4. tasting,
  5. tasting menu,
  6. tat,
  7. tat tvam asi,
  8. tata,
  9. tatabánya,
  10. tatahash

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 tastiness

  • And the bride and groom, both in tastiness of dress and in spirits, were in harmony with nature.

    News Writing|M. Lyle Spencer
  • But of a flavor, a savor, a tastiness, nothing else earthly approaches.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South|Martha McCulloch Williams

British Dictionary definitions for tastiness


/ (ˈteɪstɪ) /

adjective tastier or tastiest

having a pleasant flavour
British informal attractive: used chiefly by men when talking of women
British informal skilful or impressiveshe was a bit tasty with a cutlass
NZ (of cheddar cheese) having a strong flavour
Derived Formstastily, adverbtastiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for tastiness



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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