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

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Specifically, pallid-winged grasshoppers that have descended in such numbers that their swarms show up on weather radar screens. Los Angeles Times, "Grasshoppers are invading Las Vegas. How long will they stay?," 2 Aug. 2019 The swarm has been showing up in recent days in Sin City and at times has had the pallid-winged creatures raining down on streets and rooftops. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Grasshopper swarm in Las Vegas is so large it likely is showing up on weather radar," 27 July 2019 The tomatoes were pallid and useless except for their pepper adornment. Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle, "Burger Friday: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers at Marq-E Entertainment Center," 7 June 2019 Labor entered the race grappling with a low popularity rating for Shorten, a 52-year-old former union boss widely seen as having a pallid personality. Trevor Marshallsea, The Seattle Times, "Australia’s leader vows to get back to work after shock win," 19 May 2019 Under a pallid, shrunken sun Triton vents plumes of gas into the sky, and wisps of cloud fall as nitrogen snow. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Fans and semi-fans who perhaps were startled by the vibrant nature of the racing might expect NASCAR to continue to use this package at other tracks where the competition has been pallid — sort of an instant fix-it pill. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Restrictor plates add competitive, gimmicky shine to NASCAR All-Star Race," 19 May 2018 The pallid sturgeon, which is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), has all but disappeared from the lower Mississippi basin. Tristan Baurick,, "Controversial plan to farm Russian sturgeon in Louisiana moves ahead," 7 Apr. 2018 Biscuits were tender but not flaky, and a pallid half of allegedly roasted plum tomato was so hard as to be inedible, even after cooking. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Punch Bowl Social takes ‘eatertainment’ to a whole new level | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pallid

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


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