pale

1
[ peyl ]
/ peɪl /

adjective, pal·er, pal·est.

verb (used without object), paled, pal·ing.

to become pale: to pale at the sight of blood.
to seem less important, remarkable, etc., especially when compared with something else: Platinum is so rare that even gold pales in comparison.

verb (used with object)

to make pale.

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Origin of pale

1
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin pallidus;see origin at pallid

synonym study for pale

1. Pale, pallid, wan imply an absence of color, especially from the human countenance. Pale implies a faintness or absence of color, which may be natural when applied to things, the pale blue of a violet, but when used to refer to the human face usually means an unnatural and often temporary absence of color, as arising from sickness or sudden emotion: pale cheeks. Pallid , limited mainly to the human countenance, implies an excessive paleness induced by intense emotion, disease, or death: the pallid lips of the dying man. Wan implies a sickly paleness, as after a long illness: wan and thin; the suggestion of weakness may be more prominent than that of lack of color: a wan smile.

OTHER WORDS FROM pale

palely, adverbpaleness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pale

1. pale , pail2. pale , pall, pallor

Definition for pale (2 of 2)

pale2
[ peyl ]
/ peɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), paled, pal·ing.

to enclose with pales; fence.
to encircle or encompass.

Origin of pale

2
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English pal(e), paele, from Old French pal, pel “stake,” from Latin pālus “wooden pole, wooden peg, stake”; see origin at peel3;see also pole1
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British Dictionary definitions for pale (1 of 2)

pale1
/ (peɪl) /

adjective

verb

to make or become pale or paler; blanch
(intr often foll by before) to lose superiority or importance (in comparison to)her beauty paled before that of her hostess

Derived forms of pale

palely, adverbpaleness, noun

Word Origin for pale

C13: from Old French palle, from Latin pallidus pale, from pallēre to look wan

British Dictionary definitions for pale (2 of 2)

pale2
/ (peɪl) /

noun

verb

(tr) to enclose with pales

Word Origin for pale

C14: from Old French pal, from Latin pālus stake; compare pole 1
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Idioms and Phrases with pale

pale

see beyond the pale.

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