- a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
- an accomplice.
- to associate as comrades or chums: to pal around with the kid next door.
Origin of pal
- a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
- a coffin.
- anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
- pallium(def 2b).
- a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
- Heraldry. pairle.
- Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
- Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.
- to cover with or as with a pall.
Origin of pall1
Synonyms for pall
- to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon).
- to become distasteful or unpleasant.
- to become satiated or cloyed with something.
- to satiate or cloy.
- to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.
Origin of pall2
Synonyms for pall
Related Words for palledshroud, veil, cloak, dismay, melancholy, covering, damp, mantle, cloth, damper, shadow, satiate, glut, surfeit, jade, weary, sicken, sate, disgust, gorge
Examples from the Web for palled
Contemporary Examples of palled
Samaras and I palled around a bit, especially with the son of a New York lawyer who did work for Greek shipping magnates.Antonis Samaras: New Greek Prime Minister and Predecessor Share College Ties
June 19, 2012
One is Anthony Kennedy, whose father was a prominent Sacramento lawyer who palled around with Earl Warren.In Defense of the Ivy League
May 14, 2010
Historical Examples of palled
Tea is the only incident in the desert which has palled on no one yet.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Then I palled up to her, and I'm pretty certain Morry was her man.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Wyck had palled up with Joe in the train, and retained him to shew the way.Australia Revenged
"You don't mean to say you've palled up with that devil," he said.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Paris was as stimulating and provocative as a paid mistress, but palled as quickly.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
- a close friend; comrade
- an accomplice
- (intr; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
Word Origin for pal
- phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe
- a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
- a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
- a dark heavy covering; shroudthe clouds formed a pall over the sky
- a depressing or oppressive atmosphereher bereavement cast a pall on the party
- heraldry an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
- a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
- an archaic word for pallium (def. 2)
- an obsolete word for cloak
- (tr) to cover or depress with a pall
Word Origin for pall
- (intr often foll by on) to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)history classes palled on me
- to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated
Word Origin for pall
1788, from Romany (English Gypsy) pal "brother, comrade," variant of continental Romany pral, plal, phral, probably from Sanskrit bhrata "brother" (see brother (n.)). Extended colloquial form palsy-walsy attested from 1930.
Old English pæll "rich cloth or cloak, purple robe, altar cloth," from Latin pallium "cloak, coverlet, covering," in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo "robe, cloak," palla "long upper garment of Roman women," perhaps from the root of pellis "skin." Notion of "cloth spread over a coffin" (mid-15c.) led to figurative sense of "dark, gloomy mood" (1742).
"become tiresome," 1700, from Middle English pallen "to become faint, fail in strength" (late 14c.), shortened form of appallen "to dismay, fill with horror or disgust" (see appall). Related: Palled; palling.
1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.