follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

pallid

[pal-id] /ˈpæl ɪd/
adjective
1.
pale; faint or deficient in color; wan:
a pallid countenance.
2.
lacking in vitality or interest:
a pallid musical performance.
Origin of pallid
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin pallidus sallow, equivalent to pall(ēre) to be pale + -idus -id4
Related forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, noun
Synonyms
1. See pale1 .
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pallidly
Historical Examples
  • He stared at it pallidly, like Macbeth at the ghost of Banquo.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • Before him rose as in a vision the awful tree, the heavy drops on its damp leaves, its poisoned fruits, pallidly illuminated.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • Old Jerry had never before seen her in a rage; he had never before seen anybody so terribly, pallidly violent.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • Billy Chope, half-way across the floor, recoiled from the corpse, and glared at it pallidly from the doorway.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • She stood there, pallidly uncertain, looking on the conflagration love had wrought.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • She had the pallidly dusky skin of a Eurasian, but, by virtue of nature or artifice, her cheeks wore a peachlike bloom.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Up from it thrust a mountainous forest of the pallidly radiant cones; bristling; prodigious.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • Many gigantic and pallidly white birds flew continuously now from beyond the veil, and their scream was the eternal Tekeli-li!

  • It was a pallidly greenish creature with a small head and enormous eyes.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
  • After lunch the latter fell asleep in his chair on the porch, pallidly insensible of the sparkling flood of afternoon.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for pallidly

pallid

/ˈpælɪd/
adjective
1.
lacking colour or brightness; wan: a pallid complexion
2.
lacking vigour; vapid: a pallid performance
Derived Forms
pallidly, adverb
pallidness, pallidity, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pallidly

pallid

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pallid

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pallidly

14
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pallidly