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
Examples from the Web for paler
Lucky for her, there's no way Oscar-nom Anne Hathaway can look like Zoe—she's paler, taller, and a lot more demure.
Paler and slighter than in the old days, she had lost none of her beauty.Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir|Charles Garvice
But she was paler even than usual, her hair, notwithstanding its careful arrangement, gave signs of being a little thin in front.The Yellow Crayon|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Her face was paler than ever it was wont to be, but not less brave.Greifenstein|F. Marion Crawford
Their beautiful golden downy plumage becomes paler and paler, even after the first 24 hours.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)|Arthur Cleveland Bent
She wore her poor old burnous and the green shawl; her face still showed signs of illness, it was thinner and paler.Crime and Punishment|Fyodor Dostoevsky
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.