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Definition of paste

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a dough that contains a considerable proportion of fat and is used for pastry crust or fancy rolls
b : a confection made by evaporating fruit with sugar or by flavoring a gelatin, starch, or gum arabic preparation
c : a smooth food product made by evaporation or grinding tomato paste almond paste
d : a shaped dough (such as spaghetti or ravioli) prepared from semolina, farina, or wheat flour
2 : a soft plastic mixture or composition: such as
a : a preparation usually of flour or starch and water used as an adhesive or a vehicle for mordant or color
b : clay or a clay mixture used in making pottery or porcelain
3 : a brilliant glass of high lead content used for the manufacture of artificial gems


verb (1)
pasted; pasting; pastes

Definition of paste (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to adhere by or as if by paste : stick pasted the photos into the scrapbook
2 : to cover with something pasted on The entire wall was pasted with posters.
3 : to put (digital data, such as text or an image) that has been copied or cut from one document or app into another part of the document or into another document or app paste the image into an email or text Don't copy and paste recipes out of an existing … blog or website. If you've adjusted an existing recipe, making it your own with significant modifications, be sure to give credit to the source of the original recipe.The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington)


verb (2)
pasted; pasting; pastes

Definition of paste (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to strike hard at
2 : to beat or defeat soundly pasted their opponents 42–0

Did you know?

We're not talking about adhesives here: the paste of interest here came to be as an alteration of the word baste, which means "to beat severely or soundly." (This baste is unrelated to the two distinct baste homographs that mean "to sew with long stitches" and "to moisten while cooking.") The exact origin of baste is uncertain, but it probably comes from the Old Norse word beysta, meaning "to bruise, thrash, or flog." Baste was first seen in the 16th century, but paste didn't turn up in print until the mid-19th century, and it only recently acquired its "defeat" sense. Baste is now less popular than paste, though its relative lambaste ("to beat" or "to censure") is prevalent.

Examples of paste in a Sentence

Noun Stir the flour and water to a paste. The children used paste and construction paper to make Mother's Day cards. a cake with an almond paste filling Stir the ingredients to form a paste.

First Known Use of paste


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paste


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pasta dough, paste

Verb (2)

alteration of baste

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“Paste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of paste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mixture of flour or starch and water used for sticking things together
2 : a soft smooth thick mixture tomato paste Mix cement and water into a paste.


pasted; pasting

Kids Definition of paste (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to stick on or together with an adhesive mixture
2 : to move (something cut or copied from a computer document) to another place


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Medical Definition of paste

: a soft plastic mixture or composition especially : an external medicament that has a stiffer consistency than an ointment and is less greasy because of its higher percentage of powdered ingredients


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