Origin of paling
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 palingblanch, dim, tarnish, muddy, faint, lessen, decrease, whiten, fade, diminish, dull
Examples from the Web for paling
Historical Examples of paling
The west was paling, and the August insects stirred the air with their crooning chirp.Meadow Grass
Between that garden and these grounds there is but a paling, which we can easily scale.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
"Oh, I can't—I can't—you mustn't—" she stammered, reddening and paling.The Greater Inclination
The stars were paling, but the day had not yet dawned, when there came a knock at the door.The Christian
The crimson, however, was leaving his face and the said face was paling rapidly.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
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.