- a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
- an accomplice.
- to associate as comrades or chums: to pal around with the kid next door.
Origin of pal
- a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
- a coffin.
- anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
- pallium(def 2b).
- a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
- Heraldry. pairle.
- Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
- Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.
- to cover with or as with a pall.
Origin of pall1
Synonyms for pall
- to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon).
- to become distasteful or unpleasant.
- to become satiated or cloyed with something.
- to satiate or cloy.
- to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.
Origin of pall2
Synonyms for pall
Related Words for pallingshroud, veil, cloak, dismay, melancholy, covering, damp, mantle, cloth, damper, shadow, satiate, glut, surfeit, jade, weary, sicken, sate, disgust, gorge
Examples from the Web for palling
Contemporary Examples of palling
The two spend their days palling around, feeding deer, and getting ice cream.The 13 Coolest Movie Dads: ‘Taken,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Die Hard,’ and More
June 15, 2014
For Christie, the immediate advantage to palling around with Obama is clear.Obama Escapes Scandals in New Jersey, but What’s in It for Christie?
May 29, 2013
Far from palling around with polygamists, the salvo proclaims, Romney is the last bulwark between America and gay marriage.For Republicans, Election Is a Last Stand Against Gay Marriage
November 3, 2012
The Iranian leader is taunting the West again by palling around with Latin America autocrats.Brazil Snubs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Latin America Tour
January 11, 2012
Are questionable business practices and palling around with dictators his new platform?Donald Says the Darndest Things
April 4, 2011
Historical Examples of palling
Drive out, if plane-peddling is palling on you, and bust into the lab.The Infra-Medians
Sewell Peaslee Wright
Then, too, I think the zest of the game was palling on us a little, strange as it may seem.Gold
As we are not at all desirous of palling the curiosity of the reader for the poem itself, we shall make our extract at random.Four Early Pamphlets
For some time Josephine, the nurse-girl, had either been growing jealous, or chocolates were palling upon her.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She had performed it steadily since freshman year, always with the same wild success, never with a hint of its palling.Smith College Stories
Josephine Dodge Daskam
- a close friend; comrade
- an accomplice
- (intr; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
Word Origin for pal
- phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe
- a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
- a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
- a dark heavy covering; shroudthe clouds formed a pall over the sky
- a depressing or oppressive atmosphereher bereavement cast a pall on the party
- heraldry an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
- a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
- an archaic word for pallium (def. 2)
- an obsolete word for cloak
- (tr) to cover or depress with a pall
Word Origin for pall
- (intr often foll by on) to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)history classes palled on me
- to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated
Word Origin for pall
Word Origin and History for palling
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.
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).
"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.
1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.