adjective, pal·er, pal·est.
- light-colored or lacking in color: a pale complexion; his pale face; a pale child.
- lacking the usual intensity of color due to fear, illness, stress, etc.:She looked pale and unwell when we visited her in the nursing home.
verb (used without object), paled, pal·ing.
verb (used with object)
Origin of pale1
Synonyms for pale
Antonyms for pale
verb (used with object), paled, pal·ing.
Origin of pale2
Related Words for palepasty, gray, poor, dim, blanched, faint, haggard, thin, sick, faded, white, wan, sallow, dull, blanch, tarnish, muddy, lessen, decrease
Examples from the Web for pale
Contemporary Examples of pale
The pale, baby-faced, red-cheeked rapper is furiously puffing away at a hastily-made blunt crammed with low-grade weed.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
But the flaws and peccadilloes of Renaissance artists like Michelangelo pale beside the misdeeds of patrons and pontiffs.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
Still, at each stage of jazz history certain kinds of sounds were beyond the pale.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
She led a reliably epic and wild life, powered by a brand of comedy that regarded nothing as beyond the pale.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America
September 5, 2014
With her cascade of red, twirling hair and pale, fine-boned face.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
Historical Examples of pale
A still, pale fog is soothing; it lulls nature to a kind of repose.
How pale and eager their faces looked as they bent above him!
What instinct made you choose that shade of pale green for your frock?Viviette
William J. Locke
Robin's pale, blank face had a sick look, a deadly smoothness.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The youth's pale face flushed with the pride of the skilled workman.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for pale
Word Origin for pale
early 14c., from Old French paile "pale, light-colored" (12c., Modern French pâle), from Latin pallidus "pale, pallid, wan, colorless," from pallere "be pale, grow pale," from PIE *pel- (2) "pale" (see pallor). Pale-face, supposed North American Indian word for "European," is attested from 1822.
early 13c. (c.1200 in Anglo-Latin), "stake, pole, stake for vines," from Old French pal and directly from Latin palus "stake, prop, wooden post," related to pangere "to fix or fasten" (see pact).
From late 14c. as "fence of pointed stakes;" figurative sense of "limit, boundary, restriction" is from c.1400. Barely surviving in beyond the pale and similar phrases. Meaning "the part of Ireland under English rule" is from 1540s, via sense of "territory held by power of a nation or people" (mid-15c.).
late 14c., "become pale; appear pale" (also, in Middle English, "to make pale"), from Old French paleir (12c.) or from pale (adj.). Related: Paled; paling.
see beyond the pale.