pal·​lid | \ ˈpa-ləd How to pronounce pallid (audio) \

Definition of pallid

1 : deficient in color : wan a pallid countenance
2 : lacking sparkle or liveliness : dull a pallid entertainment The movie is a pallid version of the classic novel.

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Other Words from pallid

pallidly adverb
pallidness noun

Examples of pallid in a Sentence

The movie is a pallid version of the classic novel. a pallid man who looked as though he'd never seen the sun
Recent Examples on the Web In her garden, Ms. Palmer mixes the cultivar with similarly pallid species such as milky Sally Holmes roses and white Japanese anemones. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Spring’s Most Coveted Flowers? Pale Dahlias for the Garden," 24 Mar. 2021 Robert Vaughn is a particularly pallid villain, and the movie’s case against computers, uh, hasn’t aged too well. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every DC Comics Movie, Ranked," 22 Mar. 2021 Later, on the streets of the city, that same light seems pallid and sickly to me, an unnatural brightness in which the green lawns and bushes in the front yards of the houses look as if they were made of plastic. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 Raging fires and rising seas will not respond to pallid proclamations. The Editors, The New Yorker, "The New Yorker Endorses a Biden Presidency," 28 Sep. 2020 At the center, stretched out in a diagonal, taut between death and life, is the pallid, almost greenish body of Lazarus. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 If the melon is too pallid or splotchy in parts, keep looking. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "How to pick a watermelon," 15 Sep. 2020 Kari did her best to muster a wifely appetite for the gangly and pallid Andy Fletcher, who was kind of like the band’s accountant, but who seemed sweet and reliable. Laura Bond, Longreads, "What I Did for (Strange) Love," 10 Aug. 2020 Will the crust be a caramelised delight or a pallid disappointment? The Economist, "World in a dish Why sourdough went viral," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pallid

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pallid

borrowed from Latin pallidus "pale, colorless" — more at pale entry 1

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29 Mar 2021

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“Pallid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pallid

: very pale in a way that suggests poor health
: dull and uninteresting


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