- pale and drawn in appearance so as to suggest illness or stress; wan and sickly.
Origin of peaked2
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Examples from the Web for peakedness
For instance, no mountain in the Alps produces a more vigorous impression of peakedness than the Matterhorn.Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)
- having a peak; pointed
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Word Origin and History for peakedness
"sickly-looking," 1835, from past participle of obsolete verb peak "look sickly or thin, shrink, waste away" (1540s), which is perhaps from peak in sense of "become pointed" through emaciation. Related: Peakedness.
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