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 palesblanch, dim, tarnish, muddy, faint, lessen, decrease, whiten, fade, diminish, dull
Examples from the Web for pales
Contemporary Examples of pales
But that pales in comparison to the biggest alteration—the ending.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
The violence in Libya pales in comparison with the thousands of civilians who have fallen in Mexico.Obama's Mexico Standoff
John M. Ackerman
March 2, 2011
All this pales, of course, to the case of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger.The NFL's Brett Favre Disaster
January 5, 2011
It also pales in comparison to the $303 billion in total annual private giving by U.S. citizens.Where the Billions Will Go
August 6, 2010
I think that whatever this book may accomplish, it pales in comparison to that.My Murder in the Heart of Africa
May 28, 2009
Historical Examples of pales
For pales and weather boards this varnish is superior to paint, and much cheaper than what is commonly used for that purpose.
Pales before the drastic preachment of the Norwich scientist.
It is not right to live the slave of Pales, or become the rhapsode of docks and nettles.Apologia Diffidentis
W. Compton Leith
Splash and hiss comes the water; pales, then flares out, the fire!The Caxtons, Complete
Pales, protectress of flocks, gives her name to the Palatine Hill.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1
Francis Marion Crawford
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.