Definition of paste in English:

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Pronunciation: /pāst/


1A thick, soft, moist substance, usually produced by mixing dry ingredients with a liquid: blend onions, sugar, and oil to a paste
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  • One of the biggest changes that Hogwarth has seen over the years is a move away from royal icing to softer sugar paste.
  • Mosquito and ant bites can be relieved by the application of a moist bicarbonate of soda paste.
  • Dissolve the ground paste in thick buttermilk; add salt and pumpkin.
1.1A paste used as an adhesive, especially for sticking paper and other light materials: wallpaper paste
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  • On the contrary, the appearance of the soggy paper and paste looked rather ugly.
  • Halfway through the meal the pasta is congealed - a rubbery blob of gooey stuff fit only for use as paste to stick fliers to subway walls.
  • Is it magic, ghosts, or a weird adhesive concocted from ancient wallpaper paste, tobacco smoke and grime?
1.2A mixture consisting mainly of clay and water that is used in making ceramic ware, especially a mixture of low plasticity based on kaolin for making porcelain.
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  • The glaze could have been applied as a dry powder, although most was applied as a water based paste.
  • After this process, the replica is coated with a thin layer of clay paste and allowed to dry.
1.3A hard vitreous composition used in making imitation gems: [as modifier]: paste brooches
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  • The shop was promoting gold brooches from six shillings and sixpence, and gilt paste brooches from one shilling.
  • In its original sense enamel is glass or vitreous paste fused to a prepared surface, usually of metal, by means of intense heat.
  • His daughter Queen Elizabeth I was the first to wear paste jewellery to make herself look richer that she really was.


[with object]
1Coat with paste: when coating walls with fabric, paste the wall, not the fabric
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  • A skilled artisan, Mr. Misra says that the real potochitras are actually made on canvas made of bandage cloth which is pasted with a paste of tamarind and naturally occurring gum.
  • In an act of complete nonchalance, the 23 year-old Southampton lad started a food fight leaving other guests liable to be pasted with flying fish remains and crustaceans.
  • ‘I met several people pasting the advertisements with glue bottles and brushes,’ he said.
1.1 [with object and adverbial of place] Fasten or stick (something) onto something with paste: ads are pasted on the walls
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  • All Katie wants to do is cut out pictures from magazines and paste them to a poster board.
  • Collect these, paste them on a poster board, and laminate.
  • Just use decoupage glue to paste newspaper or magazine clippings on a $2 wooden box.
1.2 Computing Insert (a piece of text or other data copied from elsewhere).
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  • When previewing a set of sliced images, the HTML is in this window for simple copying and pasting into your HTML document.
  • Well, this is only a tiny matter of technology: all he needs to do is copy the relevant section and paste it into his document.
  • Once copied, the text is easily pasted into another document and read.
2 informal Beat or defeat severely: he pasted the guy and tied his ankles together
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  • These selfsame Bengals pasted a very respectable Denver team.
  • The Gators erase memories of their 62-24 massacre to Nebraska after the 1995 season by pasting the Wildcats.
  • Yes, we got absolutely pasted and looked like we weren't ready for a team like Germany.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin pasta 'medicinal preparation in the shape of a small square', probably from Greek pastē, (plural) pasta 'barley porridge', from pastos 'sprinkled'.

  • Italian pasta still retains a sophistication that the humble British pasty does not have, yet pasta (late 19th century), pasty (Middle English), and paste all go back through Latin to Greek pastai ‘barley porridge’ from pastos ‘to sprinkle, to salt’. The earliest use of paste in English was to mean ‘pastry’; pastry took over the sense in the 15th century. The sense ‘glue’ emerged in the later Middle Ages from the use of flour and water as an adhesive. Other words from the same root are pastel (mid 17th century); patty (mid 17th century); and the French equivalent paté (mid 18th century). Italian developed the form pasticcio for ‘pie’, which was also used as a term for a ‘hotchpotch, mixture’ and came into English via French as pastiche in the late 19th century. Pastrami (early 20th century) may be a more distant relative.

Words that rhyme with paste

barefaced, baste, boldfaced, chaste, haste, lambaste, po-faced, red-faced, self-faced, shamefaced, smooth-faced, strait-laced, taste, unplaced, untraced, waist, waste

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