Origin of palish

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pale1, -ish1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for palish

Historical Examples of palish

  • He was parchment-like and palish from sitting night after night and night after night over a sounder.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman

  • It was a palish gray in color—which surprised Dane a little.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • Herb Paris bears flowers of a palish greena colour always suggestive of lurking poison.

  • Werner turned to a palish lean Bohemian who stood a little apart.

    Joan of the Sword Hand

    S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

  • There was a Miss Wright, a meek little girl, palish, on whom her father doted.

British Dictionary definitions for palish


  1. rather pale
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