pas·​ty | \ ˈpa-stē \
plural pasties

Definition of pasty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a meat pie


\ ˈpā-stē \
pastier; pastiest

Definition of pasty (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling paste especially : pallid and unhealthy in appearance

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Other Words from pasty


pastiness \ ˈpā-​stē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pasty

Synonyms: Adjective

ashen, ashy, blanched, cadaverous, doughy, livid, lurid, mealy, pale, paled, pallid, peaked, wan

Antonyms: Adjective

blooming, florid, flush, full-blooded, glowing, red, rosy, rubicund, ruddy, sanguine

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Examples of pasty in a Sentence


The mixture has a pasty consistency. She has a pasty complexion. You look a little pasty. Are you feeling OK?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This fragrance-free tube is gentle enough for sensitive skin and leaves no pasty residue on any skin tone — just a smooth, matte finish. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Dermstore’s Massive Labor Day Beauty Sale Has Already Started — Here’s What to Shop," 28 Aug. 2018 Yes, self-tanners give pasty legs a safe, sunless glow. Colleen Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, "7 Ways to Take Care of the Skin Below Your Chin," 28 Dec. 2017 Bodysuits ranged from knitted to barely there string options that revealed all, pasties in place. Fox News, "Rihanna surprises fans with Gigi and Bella Hadid in her Savage X Fenty runway show," 13 Sep. 2018 Perhaps no threat to Victoria’s Secret’s dominance is more mortal than Rihanna, whose Savage x Fenty show made headlines when pregnant model Slick Woods walked the runway in pasties, a strappy teddy, and stilettos. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "“We’re Nobody’s Third Love, We’re Their First Love”—The Architects of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Are Still Banking on Bombshells," 8 Nov. 2018 Bach, who brought Michigan’s Up North to M-Brew with its cabin décor, pasties and Pinconning cheese, is now planning to take Ferndale to Gaylord. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kybun Joya Shoes, sports collectibles, sushi, whiskey fill downtowns," 9 July 2018 Expect a couple rotating flavors of sweet pies, more of the savory, plus two or three salads a day that can be matched with a savory pie — or maybe call it a pasty — for lunch. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coming soon in Bay View and Walker's Point: Smallpie and Greige, bakeries with drinks," 12 June 2018 Shepherd’s pie, turkey drumsticks, dragon tails and pasties. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Take a day trip to the past at Bristol Renaissance Faire," 25 June 2018 When Haddish’s wild character Dina flashed Diddy during a concert scene, a set of sparkly pasties were on full display., "Tiffany Haddish Is Adamant Her Nipples Won’t Appear On-screen — Unless The Pay’s Worth It," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Apparently, doing anything connected to our military, which protects the lives of those same pasty workers at Google, is just bad for their brand. Fox News, "Immigration debate heats up on Capitol Hill," 8 June 2018 Meanwhile, MAC Cosmetics’ cultish-favorite Ruby Woo lipstick has proven that this bold hue has the power to upgrade not only pasty skin but also one’s mood. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Vogue’s New Birchbox Is Your One-Stop Shop for Spring," 22 Mar. 2018 Their passion isn’t pretty, but awkward and pasty and explicit: two frantic strangers grappling in the muck of the moors. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Love Is Wild, if Not Pretty, in ‘God’s Own Country’," 24 Oct. 2017 Aiden English, a balding, pasty wrestler who sung a capella as part of his grand entrance and moved with a flourish, lashed the crowd. Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, "Table smash! John Cena, WWE send off Joe Louis Arena as final ticketed event," 30 July 2017 But over the weekend, a strong cold front swept through laying down a pasty blanket of white. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Photos: Santiago, Chile sees most snow in decades," 17 July 2017 Tom Ford’s bronzing gel is beloved by almost all celebrity groomers, especially the ones who service a lot of pasty white guys (like Christine Nelli , groomer to Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling). Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "5 Cheats to Getting Great Skin (From the Experts Who Do it for a Living)," 2 July 2017 Every once in a while — whether out of honesty, coincidence or a bizarre outbreak of good taste — those pasty old members make a choice that reflects both the state of the art and the reality of the culture. Manohla Dargis, Wesley Morris And A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Oscars So White? Or Oscars So Dumb? Discuss.," 15 Jan. 2016 L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze One Day ($10.49) is smell- and streak-free and gives pasty skin major warmth in minutes. Jessica Prince Erlich, Harper's BAZAAR, "5-Minute Beauty Fixes," 19 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of pasty


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pasty


Middle English pastee, from Anglo-French pasté, from paste dough, paste

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English Language Learners Definition of pasty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small pie that usually contains meat



English Language Learners Definition of pasty (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling paste

: pale and unhealthy in appearance

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