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)
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Origin of pale1
synonym study for pale
OTHER WORDS FROM palepalely, adverbpaleness, noun
Definition for pale (2 of 2)
- Also called Eng·lish Pale [ing-glish peyl], /ˈɪŋ glɪʃ ˈpeɪl/, I·rish Pale [ahy-rish peyl] /ˈaɪ rɪʃ ˈpeɪl/ . a district in eastern Ireland included in the Angevin Empire of King Henry II and his successors.
- Also called Pale of Set·tle·ment [peyluhv set-l-muhnt] /ˈpeɪl əv ˈsɛt l mənt/ . the territories in the Russian Empire in which Jews were allowed to live.
verb (used with object), paled, pal·ing.
Example sentences from the Web for pale
“He turned pale, trembled to a great degree, was much agitated, and began to cry,” she told the court.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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’|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But the flaws and peccadilloes of Renaissance artists like Michelangelo pale beside the misdeeds of patrons and pontiffs.
Still, at each stage of jazz history certain kinds of sounds were beyond the pale.
“I turned completely ashen, completely pale,” Beck remembers.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories|Tim Mak|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Louis stood firm, though pale and respectful, before the resentful gaze of Elizabeth.
Babylas raised his pale face; he knew what was coming; it had come so many times before.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
She observed his pale looks, and the distracted wandering of his eyes; but she would not notice either.
He returned shortly, to meet his mother standing in the doorway, with pale, affrighted face.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
“You must leave this house this moment,” she cried, with a stamp, with gleaming eyes and very pale.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for pale (1 of 2)
Derived forms of palepalely, adverbpaleness, noun
Word Origin for pale
British Dictionary definitions for pale (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pale
Idioms and Phrases with pale
see beyond the pale.