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pal

[pal]Informal.
noun
  1. a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
  2. an accomplice.
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verb (used without object), palled, pal·ling.
  1. to associate as comrades or chums: to pal around with the kid next door.
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Origin of pal

1675–85; < English Romany: brother, mate, dissimilated variant of continental Romany phralSanskrit bhrātṛ brother

pall1

[pawl]
noun
  1. a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
  2. a coffin.
  3. anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
  4. Ecclesiastical.
    1. pallium(def 2b).
    2. a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
  5. Heraldry. pairle.
  6. Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
  7. Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with or as with a pall.
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Origin of pall1

before 900; Middle English; Old English pæll pope's pallium < Latin pallium cloak
Related formspall-like, adjective
Can be confusedpale pall pallor

Synonyms

pall2

[pawl]
verb (used without object)
  1. to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon).
  2. to become distasteful or unpleasant.
  3. to become satiated or cloyed with something.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to satiate or cloy.
  2. to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.
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Origin of pall2

1350–1400; Middle English pallen; aphetic variant of appall

Synonyms

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Related Words

shroud, 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

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • "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


British Dictionary definitions for palled

pal

noun
  1. a close friend; comrade
  2. an accomplice
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verb pals, palling or palled
  1. (intr; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
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See also pal up

Word Origin

C17: from English Gypsy: brother, ultimately from Sanskrit bhrātar brother

PAL

n acronym for
  1. phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe
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pall1

noun
  1. a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
  2. a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
  3. a dark heavy covering; shroudthe clouds formed a pall over the sky
  4. a depressing or oppressive atmosphereher bereavement cast a pall on the party
  5. heraldry an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
  6. Christianity
    1. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
    2. an archaic word for pallium (def. 2)
  7. an obsolete word for cloak
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verb
  1. (tr) to cover or depress with a pall
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Word Origin

Old English pæll, from Latin: pallium

pall2

verb
  1. (intr often foll by on) to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)history classes palled on me
  2. to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated
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Word Origin

C14: variant of appal
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Word Origin and History for palled

pal

n.

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.

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pall

n.

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).

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pall

v.

"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.

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pal

v.

1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.

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