- pale; faint or deficient in color; wan: a pallid countenance.
- lacking in vitality or interest: a pallid musical performance.
Origin of pallid
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Examples from the Web for pallid
There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Her pallid young face, brow sweating with fear and pain, yet resolute and stiff with sorrow, makes you want to cry.Relishing Rembrandt’s Blockbuster London Show
October 16, 2014
The city, the state, the whole land, were ready to rise and tremble before the Pallid Mask.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Hovering near the unmanned iPod resting on the side bar, stands a short, pallid blond man.Macaulay Culkin’s Life After Fame
June 19, 2012
He stared in consternation at the pallid oval that stood for her face.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The silence was profound, and the lamps burned with motionless, pallid flames.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Albine, too, was a large rose, a pallid rose that had opened since the morning.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
The gills are notched, crowded, pallid or rufescent, narrow.
The gills are rotundate-free, close, narrow, whitish or pallid.
- lacking colour or brightness; wana pallid complexion
- lacking vigour; vapida pallid performance
Word Origin and History for pallid
"lacking color," 1580s, from Latin pallidus "pale, colorless," from root of pallere "be pale" (see pallor).