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 pasty (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 Sean Nichols won the pasty-eating contest by eating nearly three Saturday in Calumet. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 Our thoughts: One of the few alfredo sauces that did not start out as pasty. cleveland, 14 July 2021 In the worst of cases the pasta sticks together, the sauce is tasteless or the whole recipe comes out tasting pasty. Kelly Brant, Arkansas Online, 2 June 2021 As brown skin encompasses a range of dark and light hues with warmer and cooler tones, choosing the right tint and base shade is optimal to prevent melanated skin from looking pasty or orangey. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, 26 Mar. 2021 On the other, les Anglo-Saxons: the pasty, beef-eating Philistines whose history has been one long Brexit, and who prefer their fellow hypocrites, les Américains. Dominic Green, WSJ, 12 June 2020 Four dancers, in short shorts and pasties, perform under cover of an outdoor tent in the club parking lot, while customers wait for their orders in their cars. oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2020 Thick, white, pasty and chalky deodorant turns me off. Shalwah Evans, Essence, 13 May 2020 The company has a growing inventory — a full line of regular bras and underwear, along with nipple pasties and a mystifyingly flexible hoisting breast tape inspired by gaffer’s tape — but its core product is its shapewear fabric. Jessica Testa, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pulse a few times until the ingredients are integrated but not pasty. The View, ABC News, 14 Jan. 2022 Its skin was pasty white, with a layer of lard at least two inches thick. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 The aroma must not be too strong or toasted, an indication that the meat is on a path toward pasty texture. Richard Morgan, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 Although traditionally vampires have tended to be pasty and European, this volume centers on Black characters. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 Johnson’s top, much like the pasty dress worn by Dear Evan Hansen star Amanda Stenberg last week, offered a strategic display of skin while retaining the playfulness his work is celebrated for. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2021 But then, as is doomed to occur at every party, pasty glam grumps Austin Sommers (Evan Peters) and Belle Noir (Frances Conroy) tempt Harry to dip his tip-tappy Word doc fingers into the black-pill candy jar. Kelly Mcclure, Vulture, 26 Aug. 2021 However, it's been hard to find a formula that doesn’t leave a pasty, white film on my brown skin. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 23 July 2021 At Wimbledon, pasty crowds watched Novak Djokovic win his 20th Grand Slam title. Allison Morrow, CNN, 12 July 2021

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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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