Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion.
  • adjective Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
  • adjective Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pale; wan; deficient in color: as, a pallid countenance.
  • In botany, of a pale, indefinite color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Deficient in color; pale; wan

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  • adjective Appearing weak, pale, or wan.

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

  • adjective abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
  • adjective lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness
  • adjective (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

Etymologies

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

[Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin pallidus.

Examples

  • When it becomes "civilized" it becomes anæmic, and crawls feebly in pallid mauves and greens, with long spindle stalks that lack vitality to throw out more than one or two atrophied leaves.

    High Albania

  • Unlike all other Dolomites that we have yet seen, the Croda Rossa, instead of being grey and pallid, is of a gloomy brownish and purplish hue, like the mountain known as "Black Stairs," near Enniscorthy, in Ireland.

    Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys

  • And in the Mississippi-Missouri River basin the full species called the pallid sturgeon and the shovelnose sturgeon are indistinguishable by genetic analysis but have obvious morphological differences.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • And in the Mississippi-Missouri River basin the full species called the pallid sturgeon and the shovelnose sturgeon are indistinguishable by genetic analysis but have obvious morphological differences.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • And in the Mississippi-Missouri River basin the full species called the pallid sturgeon and the shovelnose sturgeon are indistinguishable by genetic analysis but have obvious morphological differences.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • And in the Mississippi-Missouri River basin the full species called the pallid sturgeon and the shovelnose sturgeon are indistinguishable by genetic analysis but have obvious morphological differences.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • "The quantity used was infinitesimal," said Mrs. Sinclair, "but it seems to have been enough to subdue what I once heard Sir John describe as the pallid solidity of the innocent calf."

    The Cook's Decameron: a study in taste, containing over two hundred recipes for Italian dishes

  • There is still another variety, called the pallid horned lark, which spends the winter in Colorado, then hies himself farther north in summer to rear his brood.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • And as you continue, you perceive what a serious misjudgment 'pallid' is.

    An Amazon.com Books Blog featuring news, reviews, interviews and guest author blogs.

  • Why does the poet call the bust of Pallas "pallid"?

    Elson Grammar School Literature v4

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