Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling paste in consistency.
  • adj. Having a pale lifeless appearance; pallid: an unhealthy, pasty complexion.
  • n. Chiefly British A pie or turnover, especially one filled with seasoned meat or fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like paste, sticky.
  • adj. pale, lacking colour, having a pallor
  • n. A small item of clothing that conceals little more than the nipple of a woman's breast, primarily worn by female exotic dancers.
  • n. A white person
  • n. A type of seasoned meat and vegetable pie, usually of a semicircular or distinctive shape. A (savory) hand pie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like paste, as in color, softness, stickness.
  • n. A pie consisting usually of meat wholly surrounded with a crust made of a sheet of paste, and often baked without a dish; a meat pie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like paste; of the consistence of paste; of the appearance or color of paste.
  • n. A pie covered with a paste or pie-crust: said to be properly a preparation of venison, veal, lamb, or other meat, highly seasoned, and inclosed in a crust or paste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (usually used in the plural) one of a pair of adhesive patches worn to cover the nipples of exotic dancers and striptease performers
  • n. small meat pie or turnover
  • adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  • adj. resembling paste in color; pallid

Etymologies

Middle English pastey, from Old French paste, from Vulgar Latin *pastātum, from Late Latin pasta, paste; see paste1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From paste +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman paste and Old French pasté. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What is certain is that the word "pasty" has been most readily associated with Cornwall since at least the 19th century, when tin-miners carried them underground.

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  • Viewers are jokingly referred to as pasty shut-ins, lampooning assumptions about the audience for online video.

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  • She glanced down upon a freckled face of the complexion described as pasty, a pair of greyish-blue eyes, and

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  • There is some explanation for the belief that Schubert did not dare to love or declare his love, and some reason to believe that his reticence was wise and may have saved him worse pangs, in the fact that he was only one inch more than five feet high, and yet fat and awkward; stoop-shouldered, wild-haired, small-nosed, big-spectacled, thick-lipped, and of a complexion which has been called pasty to the point of tallowness.

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  • In what can only be described as a pasty smorgasbord of angst, bloodlust, and infinite consumer tie-ins, the

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  • "It's called a pasty," says Brian Harsch, owner of Jean Kay's Pasties in Marquette,

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  • The pasty is a meat pie with potatoes and other root vegetables, sealed and baked in a light pastry crust.

    News & Features from Minnesota Public Radio

  • Some might object to Greggs 'chicken fajita pasty, for instance, for being as nonsensical as a risotto curry or battered pizza, given that fajitas are a discrete Mexican dish of soft tortillas wrapped round fried strips of meat or vegetables and that the pasty is a discrete round pastry folded over a filling of meat or vegetables.

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  • british brown sauce is better than A-1The pasty was a little bland for my taste, so I did a little fit of flavor embellishment with HP sauce.

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  • In my hands, that does not work so well for some reason and I feel like the resulting hummus tastes "pasty" and "raw".

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