Main definitions of pasty in English

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(also pastie)


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

    • ‘We dressed for action by a mucky duck pond, more layers than so far this season, the butchers useful for a pasty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One would have thought that your basic, wholemeal, vegetable pasty would have some minor health benefits.’
    • ‘Cold vegetable pasty made from mashed potatoes and flour and filled with carrot, potato and beetroot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our son had the pasty which was one of the problem meals mentioned and he completely enjoyed it.’
    • ‘The parcel was in fact a huge piece of puff pasty filled with a rather creamy concoction of mushrooms and chestnuts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Then, with a pasty in one hand and Tom's article in the other, you'll feel like a true ‘Yooper!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Housewives used to make one for each member of the household and mark their initials on one end of the pasty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘Why, nothing more glamorous than a Greggs pasty.’
    • ‘Forty-five minutes later, I'm at the railway station filling my face with a Steak and Guinness pasty.’


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

Main definitions of pasty in English

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

    ‘a pasty complexion’
    • ‘He was pasty pale in the face as if he was ill, and his thick, swollen lips had a bluish tinge.’
    • ‘He'd darkened a bit from his pale and pasty childhood complexion, but not too much.’
    • ‘As the subway moved through the underworld dimness of fluorescent light and darkness, he considered the pasty faces of the car's riders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Poor man was perspiring abnormally, and his face was quite pasty from fear.’
    • ‘Sam's face was pasty, he had black rings around his eyes.’
    • ‘I close my eyes and I see Mark's pasty face, his stupid spiked haircut, sweaty face.’
    • ‘He was a heavyset man with medium brown hair and a pale, almost pasty complexion.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘Someone dared to broach the subject of seasickness at the breakfast table, and a few pasty faces glowered at the culprit.’
    • ‘Her rosy skin that Danielle had had was now a pale and pasty white.’
    • ‘He was a large, sloppy man with a round pasty face and yellow hair.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘He was described as having ‘a sickly, pasty complexion’.’
    • ‘I saw my less than perfect figure, pasty face, and emotionless green eyes.’
    • ‘He had a thin face, a pasty complexion and a long thin nose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His face was pasty and sweat dripped from the end of his nose.’
    • ‘Whereas Christopher, a writer, should be pasty white and horribly pale, like a baker, not tanned like some playboy off a yacht.’
    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.’