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 formspal·lid·ly, adverbpal·lid·ness, noun

Synonyms for pallid

1. See pale1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pallidly

Historical Examples of pallidly

  • He stared at it pallidly, like Macbeth at the ghost of Banquo.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • Old Jerry had never before seen her in a rage; he had never before seen anybody so terribly, pallidly violent.

  • Before him rose as in a vision the awful tree, the heavy drops on its damp leaves, its poisoned fruits, pallidly illuminated.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

  • Billy Chope, half-way across the floor, recoiled from the corpse, and glared at it pallidly from the doorway.

    Tales of Mean Streets

    Arthur Morrison

  • She had the pallidly dusky skin of a Eurasian, but, by virtue of nature or artifice, her cheeks wore a peachlike bloom.

    The Yellow Claw

    Sax Rohmer

British Dictionary definitions for pallidly



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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper