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)
- palau islands,
- palazzo pants,
- pale horse,
- pale horse, pale rider,
- pale western cutworm,
Origin of pale1
verb (used with object), paled, pal·ing.
Origin of pale2
Examples from the Web for paled
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
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
Somehow those emails that had seemed so important last week paled to insignificance today.
He looked down and saw that her face had paled and that her mouth was drawn with some emotion.The Half-Hearted|John Buchan
Crawley flushed, paled, clenched his fists and glared hate at the speaker.A Maid of the Kentucky Hills|Edwin Carlile Litsey
Tom paled with anger when he saw all this, and waited to see what would happen next.Little Tom|V. Tille
She divined a sorrow before which her own paled to nothingness and quick pity killed fear.The Shadow of the East|E. M. Hull
Madeleine sickened and shivered and paled during these two endless days and sleepless nights of suspense.Home Fires in France|Dorothy Canfield
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.