\ ˈpȯl How to pronounce pall (audio) \
palled; palling; palls

Definition of pall

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to lose strength or effectiveness
2 : to lose in interest or attraction his humor began to pall on us He found that his retirement hobbies began to pall after a couple of years.
3 : dwindle our enthusiasm soon palled

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become insipid reason and reflection … pall all his enjoyments— Francis Atterbury
2 : to deprive of pleasure in something by satiating The choicest delicacies pall the stomach in time.



Definition of pall (Entry 2 of 3)

2a : a square of linen usually stiffened with cardboard that is used to cover the chalice
b(1) : a heavy cloth draped over a coffin
(2) : a coffin especially when holding a body
3a : something that covers or conceals especially : an overspreading element that produces an effect of gloom a pall of thick black smoke a pall of suspicion
b : a feeling of gloom his absence cast a pall over the celebration
palled; palling; palls

Definition of pall (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cover with a pall : drape

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Synonyms for pall

Synonyms: Noun

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Verb (1)

satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion. satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire. years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel readers were sated with sensationalistic stories surfeit implies a nauseating repletion. surfeited themselves with junk food cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting. sentimental pictures that cloy after a while pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite. a life of leisure eventually begins to pall glut implies excess in feeding or supplying. a market glutted with diet books gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking. gorged themselves with chocolate

Examples of pall in a Sentence

Noun bearing her husband's pall were her four brothers and two nephews a persistent pall of distrust has overtaken this administration and will remain until the president resigns
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Reduced to highlights and stripped of distinction, Percy’s adventures with Furies, oracles, Medusa, Ares and Hades quickly pall. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus," 16 Oct. 2019 After a while, though, Inuk Mathaussen found even that started to pall. New York Times, "Soccer at the Edge of the World," 16 Sep. 2019 Grant’s drinking is handled so repetitively that the subject begins to pall. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "In Ron Chernow’s ‘Grant,’ an American Giant’s Makeover Continues," 10 Oct. 2017 Jenny is lovably hateful, but eventually, even the pleasure of inwardly hissing at her begins to pall. Charles Isherwood, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dry Powder,’ a High-Finance Comedy Drama," 22 Mar. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More Given the situation, to keep pre-coronavirus ratings on the platform could create a false impression of a restaurant, Ms. Reinsberg said, while assigning new ratings under the current pall doesn’t feel appropriate. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "As Pandemic Alters Dining, The Infatuation Scraps Its Restaurant Ratings," 30 June 2020 That alone casts a pall over what would have been something resembling a superteam in more conventional circumstances. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB may look more like a sprint in 2020; who's hurt the most in an abbreviated season?," 1 June 2020 And India’s once-hot economy was slumping, shedding millions of jobs and casting a pall over the entire country. New York Times, "Modi’s Popularity Soars as India Weathers the Pandemic," 16 May 2020 The political turmoil has cast a pall over a slowing economy that reported its worst growth rate since 2009, and hampers its ability to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and trade wars. Anisah Shukry, Bloomberg.com, "The Race to Lead Malaysia Comes Down to Two Long-Time Rivals," 10 May 2020 And so there's definitely a pall that's been cast over my department -- in addition to this pandemic. Cnn Staff, CNN, "The Psychological Toll of Working on the Front Lines: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for May 6," 7 May 2020 Germany’s car-heavy export machine struggled to get into gear heading into this year, underscoring how weak growth there has cast a pall over the region’s momentum. Craig Stirling, Bloomberg.com, "Europe’s Export Motor Heads Into 2020 Stuck in Reverse," 29 Apr. 2020 These missing startups could cast a pall over the economy long after the threat from the pandemic recedes. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The Other Jobs Threat: New Business Drought," 23 Apr. 2020 The pandemic has cast a pall over the court’s docket. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court is handling its first emergency pandemic matter—it’s about elections," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pall

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pall

Verb (1)

Middle English, short for appallen to become pale — more at appall


Middle English, cloak, mantle, from Old English pæll, from Latin pallium

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The first known use of pall was in the 14th century

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“Pall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pall. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pall

: something (such as a cloud of smoke) that covers a place and makes it dark
: a heavy cloth that is used for covering a coffin, hearse, or tomb


\ ˈpȯl How to pronounce pall (audio) \
palled; palling

Kids Definition of pall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to become dull



Kids Definition of pall (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a heavy cloth covering for a coffin, hearse, or tomb
2 : something that makes things gloomy or depressing The news put a pall on the celebration.

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