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ˈpæl ɪdpal·lid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pale, pallid, wanadjective

    abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

    "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed"

  2. pale, pallid, wan, sickadjective

    (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

    "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn"

  3. pale, pallidadjective

    lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness

    "a pale rendition of the aria"; "pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender"; "a pallid performance"


  1. pallidadjective

    Appearing weak, pale or wan.

    The patient left the hospital but was very pallid.

  2. Etymology: From pallidus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pallidadjective

    Pale; not high-coloured; not bright: pallid is seldom used of the face.

    Etymology: pallidus, Latin.

    Of every sort, which in that meadow grew,
    They gather’d some; the violet pallid blue. Edmund Spenser.

    When from the pallid sky the sun descends. James Thomson.


  1. pallid

    Pallor is a pale color of the skin that can be caused by illness, emotional shock or stress, stimulant use, or anemia, and is the result of a reduced amount of oxyhaemoglobin and may also be visible as pallor of the conjunctivae of the eyes on physical examination. Pallor is more evident on the face and palms. It can develop suddenly or gradually, depending on the cause. It is not usually clinically significant unless it is accompanied by a general pallor (pale lips, tongue, palms, mouth and other regions with mucous membranes). It is distinguished from similar presentations such as hypopigmentation (lack or loss of skin pigment) or simply a fair complexion.


  1. pallid

    Pallid typically refers to an unhealthy pale or faint color, often related to a person's complexion. It can also describe something as dull, insipid, or lacking in vitality and interest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pallidadjective

    deficient in color; pale; wan; as, a pallid countenance; pallid blue

  2. Etymology: [L. pallidus, fr. pallere to be or look pale. See pale, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pallid

    pal′id, adj. pale, wan.—ns. Pallid′ity, Pall′idness.—adv. Pall′idly. [L. pallidus, pale.]


  1. Pallid

    pale or very pale.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pallid in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pallid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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