- 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
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1. See pale1.
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Examples from the Web for 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.Once to Every Man
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
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
- lacking colour or brightness; wana pallid complexion
- lacking vigour; vapida pallid performance
C17: from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale 1
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