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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British Dictionary definitions for tasty


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 tasty



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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