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 The skin of his outstretched arms is crinkled and pallid, his muscles atrophied. Stephen O’connor, Harper's magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 20 Jan. 2020 Now, the concern is that social media, cellphones, robots and artificial intelligence will turn humans into pallid drones. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘The Strenuous Life’ Review: Sportsman in Chief," 16 Jan. 2020 In it, Kitty’s chin, nipple, and breast appear defiant and vulnerable, each catching the pallid light from a nearby window. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, "The Conundrum of Lucian Freud’s Portraits," 4 Dec. 2019 If the Schiff sleaze-cabal can’t get a real charge adopted, there may instead be a pallid attempt at a vote of censure, which will not be taken up by the Senate. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Impeachment Farce Limps Along to Its Anticlimax," 30 Oct. 2019 Played with pallid romanticism by Timothée Chalamet, Hal is far more interested in drinking with Sir John Falstaff (Edgerton) than in being tutored on succession. Ann Hornaday, Houston Chronicle, "Splendid visuals can't save dull Netflix drama 'The King'," 30 Oct. 2019 Except for the tempestuous opening notes, however, Kalmar’s performance proved straightforward at best, pallid at worst. Howard Reich,, "Classical reviews: Perlman’s triumph at Ravinia; Grant Park’s disappointing finale," 18 Aug. 2019 The pallid-winged grasshoppers (Trimerotropis pallidipennis) have flocked to the strip and surrounding area in record droves thanks to a mix of ideal weather conditions and their annual migration. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "A Hostile Grasshopper Takeover Has Begun in Las Vegas," 29 July 2019 Photos and videos of the insect invasion reveal pallid-winged grasshoppers flocking to Sin City en masse. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Swarms of Grasshoppers Invading Las Vegas Are Visible on Radar," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of pallid

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pallid

Latin pallidus — more at pale entry 1

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The first known use of pallid was in 1590

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26 Jan 2020

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“Pallid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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