Pasty vs pasty

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Pasty and pasty  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words pasty and pasty, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

A pasty (PASS-tee) is a savory English meat pie full of meat and vegetables. The pasty is most associated with the Cornwall region and was popular with miners. The word pasty is derived from the Old French word, paste, which means pie or dough. The plural of pasty is pasties.

Pasty (PACE-tee) is an adjective that means something that tastes like paste, something that is sticky like paste, or something that is unattractively pale. The word pasty is derived from the English word, paste, which was also derived from the Old French Word, paste.


Landlord Bob Tipler said: “Following extensive research into the origins and recipe of the historic Sussex Pasty, we are having a trial tasting of our one tonight. (Hastings and St. Leonard’s Observer)

A great-grandfather died after being given a corned beef pasty and chips by hospital staff who failed to read medical notes that he was unable to swallow. (Daily Record)

Chickpeas show up two ways: some pureed with sweet roasted garlic, and the rest processed to a chunkier grind so the patties don’t become pasty. (Food and Wine Magazine)

I am a pale white colour, not too pasty, but still white enough to want to be darker. (The Sun)

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