Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slightly pale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. somewhat pale

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat pale or wan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat pale or wan: as, a palish blue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. slightly pale

Etymologies

pale +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I saw the moon, only as a swaying trail of palish fire, that varied from a mere line of light to a nebulous path, and then dwindled again, disappearing periodically.

    The House on the Borderland

  • An efflorescence of a palish red colour soon appeared about the parts where the matter was inserted, and spread itself rather extensively, but died away in a few days without producing any variolous symptoms.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • At their first appearance they are commonly of a palish blue, or rather of a colour somewhat approaching to livid, and are surrounded by an erysipelatous inflammation.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • His nose changed from the natural copper hue which it had acquired from many a comfortable cup of claret or sack, into a palish brassy tint, and his teeth chattered with apprehension at the unveiled audacity of my proposal, which seemed to place the barefaced plunderer before him in full atrocity.

    Rob Roy

  • An efflorescence of a palish red colour soon appeared about the parts where the matter was inserted, and spread itself rather extensively, but died away in a few days without producing any variolous symptoms. 6 She has since been repeatedly employed as a nurse to smallpox patients, without experiencing any ill consequences.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • ‘Madam, I am of your opinion,’ says the second; ‘I think her face has a palish cast too much on the delicate order.’

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • The commissaris had never seen a pink, or a yellow, or a palish-green gable house before.

    Tumbleweed

  • He glanced swiftly around him like one half afraid, and Gertie saw he looked palish, as if he had been sick or some time indoors.

    The Dollmaker

  • Head somewhat irregular in shape, broad at the base, and terminating in rather a sharp point; color palish-green, the ribs and nerves of the leaves paler.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America Containing Full Descriptions of Nearly Eleven Hundred Species and Varietes; With Directions for Propagation, Culture and Use.

  • This external tegument of the berry is closer than the preceding ones; it contains in the very small cells two coloring matters, the one of a palish yellow, the other of an orange yellow, and according as the one or the other matter predominates, the wheat is of a more or less intense yellow color; hence come all the varieties of wheat known in commerce as white, reddish, or red wheats.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 275, April 9, 1881

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