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
Related Words for palestpasty, gray, poor, dim, blanched, faint, haggard, thin, sick, faded, white, wan, sallow, dull, blanch, tarnish, muddy, lessen, decrease
Examples from the Web for palest
Contemporary Examples of palest
“Her paintings and paints in the palest colors, and simplest shapes, pretty much covered the studio,” Bradlee wrote.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
“Krush” (Karl-as-Rush) was the palest simulacrum of a Rush Limbaugh.Rove Bombs as Rush
August 9, 2010
Historical Examples of palest
You saw her hair as far as you could see her sex, and knew that it was the palest brown.A Pair of Blue Eyes
It was the palest of all—paler even than Archer's name, which was below it.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
It is very beautiful—of palest brown, like coffee ice-cream.Peggy in Her Blue Frock
Eliza Orne White
The palest, loveliest pink you can imagine, and no end of lace.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
"Yes," said Lance, with the faintest of smiles on the palest of faces.Flip: A California Romance
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.