[ pal-id ]
/ ˈpæl ɪd /


pale; faint or deficient in color; wan: a pallid countenance.
lacking in vitality or interest: a pallid musical performance.

Origin of pallid

1580–90; < Latin pallidus sallow, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -idus -id4

Related forms

pal·lid·ly, adverbpal·lid·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pallid


/ (ˈpælɪd) /


lacking colour or brightness; wana pallid complexion
lacking vigour; vapida pallid performance

Derived Forms

pallidly, adverbpallidness or pallidity, noun

Word Origin for pallid

C17: from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale 1
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