- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR pale
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Origin of pale1
synonym study for pale
OTHER WORDS FROM palepalely, adverbpaleness, noun
Other definitions 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.
How to use pale in a sentence
The country’s other adversities seem to pale in comparison to the ones unfolding daily for the medical workers.During a pandemic, the medical profession turns to Greek tragedy — to heal|Peter Marks|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The glasses, which come in a pale green or pink, are hand-wash only.Shopping with the pros: The Madcap Cottage team chooses favorites from Terrain|Mari-Jane Williams|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The rest of the plant lies underground as ghostly pale strings.How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants|Susan Milius|November 5, 2020|Science News
Still, with whatever challenges we’re facing, we know it pales in comparison to the challenges faced by families who have lost loved ones or are suffering financial hardship.Washington Chorus forges ahead amid pandemic|Patrick Folliard|August 26, 2020|Washington Blade
The 2009 pandemic caused by H1N1 pales in comparison to coronavirus.What H1N1 taught the US about delivering pandemic vaccines|Katherine Ellen Foley|August 7, 2020|Quartz
I enjoyed it, but thought it paled in comparison to their debut.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Too silly and too scripted, those segments paled in comparison to the ones that Handler helmed solo.Chelsea Handler Ends 'Chelsea Lately' With One Last Middle Finger|Kevin Fallon|August 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I paled and decided this was the end for me, but instead of a lynching I got a round of applause at the end.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie|Daniel Genis|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the chaos of evacuation, the question of whether or not Beethoven should be allowed to go to Vienna paled somewhat.Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer|John Suchet|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that paled in comparison to the costs of a statewide campaign with an outlandish, gaffe-prone candidate.Ken Cuccinelli Loses Narrowly to Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor|Ben Jacobs|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He paled a little, and sucked his lip, his eyes wandering to the girl, who stood in stolid inapprehension of what was being said.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
I miss going to him inexpressibly, and although I heard my favourite Joachim last night, even he paled before Liszt.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
She flushed deeplymuch more deeply than had Jess; then she paled.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
Slowly this ray paled, and its golden radiance faded to a pale blue light.
George flushed and paled with wonder, shame, and anger as he read these tales of splendid adventures.
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with pale
see beyond the pale.