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Etymology 1[edit]

From paste +‎ -y.



pasty (comparative pastier, superlative pastiest)

  1. Like paste, sticky.
    These mashed potatoes aren’t cooked well; they are very pasty.
  2. pale, lacking colour, having a pallor
    He is pasty-faced.
    (figuratively) He was feeling pasty.
    Are you feeling OK? You look a bit pasty.
  3. (slang, offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur) white-skinned
    • 2008, John Lacombe, Winter Games (page 184)
      He smoothed his tailored suit and red tie. "Boy, does it look like I ain't rich now? My pockets are already full of paper! Why the fuck would I want to risk doing business with some pasty cracker? For all I know, you a cop!"
    • 2010, James W. Lewis, Sellout (page 107)
      “So, snow bunny, what should black women do? How do we...oh, how do I say this... cure our brothas of this widespread, pasty disease?” I didn't reply. Again, I tried to step away. Again, she grabbed my arm.


pasty (plural pasties)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A small item of clothing that conceals little more than the nipple of a woman's breast, primarily worn by female exotic dancers.
    • 1989, Joe David Bellamy, Suzi Sinzinnati: A Novel[1], Pushcart Press, →ISBN, page 29:
      Nonchalantly she bared one succulent pasty-topped breast.
    • 2001, Irene Pence, Buried Memories[2], Kensington Publishing Corporation, →ISBN, page 52:
      One of the experienced dancers dabbed a bit of rubber cement inside a silver-sequinned pasty and told Betty to place it over her nipple
    • 2004 February 2, Jake Drake, “Janet Jackson and American Slut Culture”, in, Usenet[3]:
      There really is no other purpose for wearing a pasty than to avoid being arrested for indecency.
    • 2009, Jeffry S. Hepple, “Mancha, Mexico”, in The Treasure of La Malinche[4], volume 2, Jeffry S. Hepple, →ISBN, page 164:
      "What's a pasty?" ¶ "That's what strippers and showgirls used to wear to cover their nipples in teh old, tamer days of yore. They were round paper disks with spangles on one side and paste on the other; hence the term pasty."

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English paste, from Anglo-Norman paste and Old French pasté. Doublet of patty.

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English Wikipedia has an article on:

pasty (plural pasties)

  1. A type of seasoned meat and vegetable hand pie, usually of a semicircular shape.
Usage notes[edit]

The spelling pasty is preferred in the United Kingdom, but in Australia pastie is more common.

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pasty f

  1. inflection of pasta:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural