pall on


2 [pawl]
verb (used without object)
to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon ).
to become distasteful or unpleasant.
to become satiated or cloyed with something.
verb (used with object)
to satiate or cloy.
to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.

1350–1400; Middle English pallen; aphetic variant of appall

4. glut, sate, surfeit. Unabridged
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pall1 (pɔːl)
1.  a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
2.  a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
3.  a dark heavy covering; shroud: the clouds formed a pall over the sky
4.  a depressing or oppressive atmosphere: her bereavement cast a pall on the party
5.  heraldry an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
6.  Christianity
 a.  a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
 b.  an archaic word for pallium
7.  an obsolete word for cloak
8.  (tr) to cover or depress with a pall
[Old English pæll, from Latin: pallium]

pall2 (pɔːl)
vb (often foll by on)
1.  to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to): history classes palled on me
2.  to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated
[C14: variant of appal]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. pæll "rich cloth, cloak, altar cloth," from L. pallium "cloak, covering," in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo "robe, cloak," palla "long upper garment of Roman women," perhaps from the root of pellis "skin." Notion of "cloth spread over
a coffin" (c.1440) led to fig. sense of "dark, gloomy mood" (1742).

"become tiresome," 1700, from M.E. pallen "to become faint, fail in strength" (late 14c.), aphetic form of appallen "to dismay, fill with horror or disgust" (see appall).
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