pasty

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

Definition of pasty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a meat pie

pasty

adjective
\ 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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Other Words from pasty

Adjective

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 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, "‘Au Revoir, Tristesse’ Review: They Order These Matters Better," 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, "A drive-thru strip club, movie popcorn to go: Oregon businesses get creative during coronavirus," 25 Apr. 2020 Thick, white, pasty and chalky deodorant turns me off. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "I Switched To Natural Deodorant During Quarantine, Here’s What I Found Out," 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, "Kim Kardashian Has Learned Restraint," 6 Feb. 2020 It was supposed to be another night of sequins, pasties and biodegradable glitter — dancers care about the environment, too — but the coronavirus had other plans. USA TODAY, "Coronavirus hits everyone's livelihood - including adult nightclub workers across USA," 21 Mar. 2020 The tavern menu will be served starting at 11 a.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. on the weekends, and will have appetizers, salads, prime rib and other sandwiches, and items such as booyah and vegetarian pasties. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club is projected to open in mid-March in Wauwatosa," 30 Jan. 2020 The model was ready for Burning Man in a mesh neon-green skirt and pasties to match. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Victoria's Secret Angel Lais Ribeiro Engaged to NBA Player Joakim Noah," 8 Sep. 2019 Don’t overprocess the salmon, or the cakes will have a pasty texture. Washington Post, "A good salmon cake delivers rich flavor and tender texture," 10 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His skin was a pasty white and his light brown hair matted with sweat. Carlos Valdez Lozano, Los Angeles Times, "His dear colleague died but had one last gift," 26 Nov. 2020 In a food processor, pulse walnuts until finely ground but not pasty. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Veggie Option: You'll go nuts for this reduced-calorie apple pie recipe," 5 Nov. 2020 In 2018, Birmingham’s Highlands Bar and Grill won the James Beard Award for the most outstanding restaurant in America, and Highlands pasty chef Dolester Miles won for outstanding pastry chef. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, "Alabama restaurant named James Beard Award finalist," 4 May 2020 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, SI.com, "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

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First Known Use of pasty

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pasty

Noun

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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Cite this Entry

“Pasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pasty. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for pasty

pasty

noun
How to pronounce pasty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pasty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly British : a small pie that usually contains meat

pasty

adjective
How to pronounce pasty (audio)

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

: resembling paste
: pale and unhealthy in appearance

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