verb (1)
\ 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


verb (2)
palled; palling; palls

Definition of pall (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cover with a pall : drape

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 The piling-one-emergency-atop-another structure — always a tricky thing to sustain — does begin to pall in the later going as inspiration tapers off a bit. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2 June 2022 For some, this too muchness, married to Wilder’s bookish mischief, will pall. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 If there was no Venice, does that mean that the overall attraction of an Adriatic cruise would pall? Julia Buckley, CNN, 8 May 2021 Reduced to highlights and stripped of distinction, Percy’s adventures with Furies, oracles, Medusa, Ares and Hades quickly pall. Jesse Green, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2019 After a while, though, Inuk Mathaussen found even that started to pall. New York Times, 16 Sep. 2019 Grant’s drinking is handled so repetitively that the subject begins to pall. Janet Maslin, New York Times, 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, 22 Mar. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After jurors returned to the courtroom Thursday, the mothers of two victims testified that the massacre permanently cast a pall over not only every Valentine's Day but other important family celebrations. CBS News, 5 Aug. 2022 The dust-up comes after Mrs. Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) visit to Taiwan earlier this week angered China and cast a pall over U.S.-China relations. Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Today in Hong Kong, the prosecution of the 2019 pro-democracy protests and the sweeping National Security Law of 2020 has cast a pall on the city’s once vibrant atmosphere of free expression. Jerrine Tan, Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 The loss of the heart-and-soul player such as Patrick cast a pall on the first fully-padded practice of camp, robbing the Broncos of a player expected to thrive with the addition of quarterback Russell Wilson. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Charles River began harvesting the crabs’ blood here last month after a series of lawsuits and bad publicity cast a pall over similar work in South Carolina. David Abel,, 17 July 2022 But as rising interest rates, inflation, and uncertainty stemming from the war in Ukraine have cast a pall over the global economy this year, young tech companies have gotten hit. Erin Griffith,, 7 July 2022 But as rising interest rates, inflation and uncertainty stemming from the war in Ukraine have cast a pall over the global economy this year, young tech companies have gotten hit. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 7 July 2022 The assault was the latest in a string of ethnic attacks that have cast a pall on Ethiopia, raising into question the Horn of Africa nation’s long-term stability, its regional standing, and the ability of its many ethnic groups to coexist in peace. Abdi Latif Dahir,, 21 June 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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