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

1580–90; < Latin pallidus sallow, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -idus -id4
Related formspal·lid·ly, adverbpal·lid·ness, noun

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1. See pale1.
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Related Words for pallid

lackluster, feeble, sickly, uninspired, anemic, ghastly, ashen, blanched, bloodless, colorless, dull, faded, gray, lifeless, pasty, sallow, spiritless, wan, weak, ashy

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British Dictionary definitions for pallid


  1. lacking colour or brightness; wana pallid complexion
  2. lacking vigour; vapida pallid performance
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Derived Formspallidly, adverbpallidness or pallidity, noun

Word Origin for pallid

C17: from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale 1
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Word Origin and History for pallid


"lacking color," 1580s, from Latin pallidus "pale, colorless," from root of pallere "be pale" (see pallor).

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