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c.1300 (mid-12c. as a surname), "dough," from Old French paste "dough, pastry" (13c., Modern French pâte), from Late Latin pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste" (see pasta). Meaning "glue mixture" is first attested mid-15c.
"to stick with paste," 1560s; see paste (n.). Related: Pasted; pasting.
"hit hard," 1846, probably an alteration of baste "beat" (see lambaste). Related: Pasted; pasting.
paste 1 (pāst)
A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.
[origin unknown; perhaps an alteration of earlier baste, ''strike, trounce,'' of obscure origin and preserved in lambaste]