pasty

1 of 2

noun

pas·​ty ˈpa-stē How to pronounce pasty (audio)
plural pasties
1
: a meat pie
2

pasty

2 of 2

adjective

pastier; pastiest
: resembling paste
especially : pallid and unhealthy in appearance
pastiness noun

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?
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Sterling Tull’s doll-like face for Chappell’s NPR concert, with dramatic blue shadow splashed like shimmering lagoons over a base of pasty white foundation, lives somewhere in the blurry intersection of artistry and tragedy — a place our fishy friends know perhaps too well. Jennifer Culp, Them, 26 June 2024 The 818 Tequila founder went braless and ditched pasties under a high-neck, sheer mermaid bodycon gown while relaxing on a yacht. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 14 June 2024
Adjective
Concerns over his physical shape had already come to the fore over the summer after paparazzi pictures revealed a pasty complexion and an overweight figure. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2023 Not only are you supposed to use the two-finger rule to measure your SPF accurately, but many of the ones on the market also make a laundry list of promises only to leave you with a pasty white cast or a glob of grease. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 31 Dec. 2022 See all Example Sentences for pasty 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pasty

1 of 2 noun
pas·​ty ˈpas-tē How to pronounce pasty (audio)
plural pasties
: pie entry 1
especially : a meat pie

pasty

2 of 2 adjective
pastier; pastiest
: resembling paste
especially : pale and unhealthy in appearance
pastiness noun

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