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[tey-stee] /ˈteɪ sti/
adjective, tastier, tastiest.
good-tasting; savory:
a tasty canapé.
Informal. having or showing good taste; tasteful.
Origin of tasty
1610-20; taste + -y1
Related forms
tastily, adverb
tastiness, noun
untastily, adverb
untasty, adjective
Can be confused
tasteful, tasty.
1. delicious, delectable, toothsome, appetizing. See palatable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tasty
  • Have a relaxing afternoon with good friends, delicious tea, and tasty treats.
  • Seared cabbage is so tasty it is almost addictive.
  • Fromage, you may be famous forever, but not in a tasty way.
  • As the holidays approach, so do tasty treats laden with calories, many of them provided by fat.
  • And tasty viceroy butterflies are safe from birds because they resemble monarchs, which are unpalatable.
  • Our cafeterias have really tasty pizzas at every meal.
  • And for the animals that fed on them, dinosaur eggs were tasty packages of protein.
  • Brewing coffee is fairly simple and yields powerful, yet tasty cups.
  • Eating more vegetables can be as easy as putting out a candy dish, and as tasty as candy itself.
  • It is always craving new and more tasty morsels-which may not be the best, or truest, things for anyone's digestion.
British Dictionary definitions for tasty


adjective tastier, tastiest
having a pleasant flavour
(Brit, informal) attractive: used chiefly by men when talking of women
(Brit, informal) skilful or impressive: she was a bit tasty with a cutlass
(NZ) (of cheddar cheese) having a strong flavour
Derived Forms
tastily, adverb
tastiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tasty

1610s, from taste (n.) + -y (2); in late 18c. it also could mean "tasteful, elegant" (from the secondary sense of taste (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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