pas·​ty | \ ˈpa-stē How to pronounce pasty (audio) \
plural pasties

Definition of pasty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a meat pie


\ ˈpā-stē How to pronounce pasty (audio) \
pastier; pastiest

Definition of pasty (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling paste especially : pallid and unhealthy in appearance

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pastiness \ ˈpā-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce pastiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pasty

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of pasty in a Sentence

Adjective 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 Morning coffee, juice and pasty will be offered to attendees beginning at 10 a.m. This program is supported with funding from a grant from the Thomas F. Kiloil Memorial Bequest., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 11 Nov. 2019 Remember a purple-jumpsuited, pasty-wearing Lil Kim (and Diana Ross) at the 1999 VMAs? oregonlive, "VMAs 2019 red carpet fashion: Queen Latifah, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, more come to Newark for show’s N.J. debut," 26 Aug. 2019 The court also found that wearing g-strings and pasties did not amount to conduct protected by the 1st Amendment in the context of retail establishments whose employees are in close contact with the public. Maura Dolan,, "Bikini-clad baristas must cover up, federal appeals court says," 3 July 2019 From nipple pasties and platform boots to sheer dresses and African prints, the looks this weekend did nothing but solidify that black people are fashion. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Fashion Moments At Afropunk Brooklyn," 26 Aug. 2019 The city argued that the act of wearing pasties and G-strings at work did not constitute speech and that there is legal precedent for treating women’s chests differently than men’s. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "No new bottom line in Everett’s bikini barista brouhaha," 19 Aug. 2019 Low-key spots Cornish Pasty A tiny version of the original just down the street, this tight space serves big flavor with its menu of pasties and beer. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "We went to every single bar on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Here's your guide," 16 Aug. 2019 Using a pasty brush, lightly coat the top crust and the edges with the egg wash. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Fourth of July Recipe: Simmer + Sauce’s Bluebarb Pie," 1 July 2019 Alyssa Christianson, 29, of New York City, was topless, wearing just sparkly pasties and boy shorts underwear. Anchorage Daily News, "NYC pride parade is one of largest in movement’s history," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That coarse meal is mixed with whole oats (so that the bars aren’t too pasty), then coated with honey and peanut butter. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "That Nut Butter Bar You're Obsessed With Is Easy to Make at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 Folks in assisted-living facilities, pasty fanboys at the mall. Michael Mcknight,, "Much Ado About JuJu," 4 Sep. 2019 His full lips are often coated with the pasty white film that accumulates on a perpetually dry mouth. Los Angeles Times, "Column One: He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he, and is it possible he’s conscious?," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of pasty was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of pasty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly British : a small pie that usually contains meat


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

: resembling paste
: pale and unhealthy in appearance

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