Main definitions of pasty in English

: pasty1pasty2


(also pastie)

Pronunciation /ˈpastē/ /ˈpæsti/

Translate pasty into Spanish


  • A folded pastry case with a savoury filling, typically of seasoned meat and vegetables.

    ‘I've always associated it with school meals, so to see it put in a shortcrust pasty is an intriguing way of lifting something that is otherwise quite dull and boring.’
    • ‘Samuel Pepys recorded that on 6 January 1660 he was entertained to dinner ‘which was good, only the venison pasty was palpable beef, which was not handsome’.’
    • ‘I found myself, a 10-rouble bill in hand, in front of a kiosk selling chebureki, the Crimean meat pasty. ‘And heat it up, will you?’’
    • ‘Housewives used to make one for each member of the household and mark their initials on one end of the pasty.’
    • ‘Featured in the current series are smoked haddock scotch eggs with curried mayonnaise, pigeon and red onion pasty, and onion soup with steak and kidney sausage dumplings.’
    • ‘Cold vegetable pasty made from mashed potatoes and flour and filled with carrot, potato and beetroot.’
    • ‘We dressed for action by a mucky duck pond, more layers than so far this season, the butchers useful for a pasty.’
    • ‘Forty-five minutes later, I'm at the railway station filling my face with a Steak and Guinness pasty.’
    • ‘One would have thought that your basic, wholemeal, vegetable pasty would have some minor health benefits.’
    • ‘The parcel was in fact a huge piece of puff pasty filled with a rather creamy concoction of mushrooms and chestnuts.’
    • ‘Then if you are looking for such delicacies as wild boar pate, potted shrimps or simply a venison pasty, the Food Court should be your first stop.’
    • ‘The young men can often be spotted nipping across the road to the garage to buy sweets, biscuits or a Ginsters pasty, and a Daily Star or Sun newspaper to look at the pictures while eating.’
    • ‘Why, nothing more glamorous than a Greggs pasty.’
    • ‘Is it too much to ask of someone to actually take note of their surroundings, these people can all walk, breathe and eat a Greggs pasty at the same time without dying.’
    • ‘So we go shopping but can't find any item of clothing that both looks good and fits, and end up going home with a pair of tights and a half-eaten pasty.’
    • ‘Our son had the pasty which was one of the problem meals mentioned and he completely enjoyed it.’
    • ‘But, more likely, he has decided it is less of a PR risk to leave a journalist eating a solitary crab pasty in the drizzle than to be trapped alone with her and - God forbid - a tongue-loosening bottle of wine.’
    • ‘Then, with a pasty in one hand and Tom's article in the other, you'll feel like a true ‘Yooper!’’
    • ‘Long buffet tables, loaded with traditional Uzbekistan rice and meat dishes, lamb pasties, and shredded red pepper salsas line the sides of the main restaurant room.’
    • ‘Looking at a local London council's school dinner menu brochure, I see pasties, sausages, pizza and processed meat substitutes feature frequently enough to form the staple diet if chosen.’


Middle English from Old French paste(e), based on late Latin pasta ‘paste’.

Main definitions of pasty in English

: pasty1pasty2


Pronunciation /ˈpāstē/ /ˈpeɪsti/

Translate pasty into Spanish

adjectivepastier, pastiest

  • 1(of a person's face) unhealthily pale.

    ‘a pasty complexion’
    • ‘He was a large, sloppy man with a round pasty face and yellow hair.’
    • ‘Now and again some workman would stop to light his pipe, but the others tramped on round him with never a smile, never a word to a mate, pasty faces all turned towards Paris, which swallowed them one by one…’
    • ‘Sam's face was pasty, he had black rings around his eyes.’
    • ‘As the subway moved through the underworld dimness of fluorescent light and darkness, he considered the pasty faces of the car's riders.’
    • ‘His face was pasty and sweat dripped from the end of his nose.’
    • ‘I saw my less than perfect figure, pasty face, and emotionless green eyes.’
    • ‘Poor man was perspiring abnormally, and his face was quite pasty from fear.’
    • ‘Someone dared to broach the subject of seasickness at the breakfast table, and a few pasty faces glowered at the culprit.’
    • ‘The old guy even had a pasty face and a packet of sweets for the kiddies and didn't turn up this week when the munchkins were off.’
    • ‘I close my eyes and I see Mark's pasty face, his stupid spiked haircut, sweaty face.’
    • ‘He'd darkened a bit from his pale and pasty childhood complexion, but not too much.’
    • ‘He was a heavyset man with medium brown hair and a pale, almost pasty complexion.’
    • ‘Whereas Christopher, a writer, should be pasty white and horribly pale, like a baker, not tanned like some playboy off a yacht.’
    • ‘He was described as having ‘a sickly, pasty complexion’.’
    • ‘He had a thin face, a pasty complexion and a long thin nose.’
    • ‘Her rosy skin that Danielle had had was now a pale and pasty white.’
    • ‘He was pasty pale in the face as if he was ill, and his thick, swollen lips had a bluish tinge.’
    • ‘My skin is varying shades of black and grey, pale and pasty in places, then suddenly dropping off to pitch, dull black, an unhealthy cast.’
    • ‘Anyone who lived in a factory would naturally be a bit pasty, and gloves are a sensible and hygienic precaution where food preparation is involved.’
    • ‘I've lost count of the times I have been stood at the carvery, carving succulent slices of rare beef when some pasty faced carrot nibbler says ‘What's the vegetarian option then?’’
    pale, pallid, ashen, white, white as a sheet, grey
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  • 2Of or like paste.

    ‘a pasty mixture’
    • ‘Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, about 12 minutes, until the mixture is pasty but not dry.’
    • ‘Stir the butter-flour mixture over high heat until it's very thick and pasty and pulls away from the sides of the pan, Remove from heat and stir until smooth.’