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[pal-id] /ˈpæl ɪd/
pale; faint or deficient in color; wan:
a pallid countenance.
lacking in vitality or interest:
a pallid musical performance.
Origin of pallid
1580-90; < Latin pallidus sallow, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -idus -id4
Related forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, noun
1. See pale1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pallid
  • The plot is wafer-thin and the acting is pallid.
  • The ending is a bit pallid, and Stanley talks too much, but he's an appealing character nonetheless.
  • These are not pallid remakes but vintage programs recorded from original broadcasts.
  • It's only so-so, a pallid artifact.
  • Still others have told me that my pallid skin and luminous large eyes give me the look of a cat.
  • What we get is a pallid mix of poetic and prose techniques.
  • Alongside this, all other pianists who have played the work sound pallid.
  • Why hastens not thy dream unto thy lips now pallid.
  • But one domestic brew rose far above the pallid norm.
  • The sky was pallid, the river was white.
British Dictionary definitions for pallid


lacking colour or brightness; wan: a pallid complexion
lacking vigour; vapid: a pallid performance
Derived Forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, pallidity, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale1
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Word Origin and History for pallid

"lacking color," 1580s, from Latin pallidus "pale, colorless," from root of pallere "be pale" (see pallor).

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