Definition of pale-faced in English:



  • Having less colour than usual, typically as a result of shock, fear, or ill health.

    ‘sergeants screaming orders to pale-faced recruits’
    • ‘Like the eponymous pale-faced young aristocrat, who died soon after sitting for the portrait, it was assumed some tragedy had befallen the work of art and that it was lost forever.’
    • ‘She was sitting upright, pale-faced, with her dark hair cascading over the milkiness of her round shoulders.’
    • ‘Did a pale-faced young man who had spent all his adult life in politics have the strength and experience to navigate Britain's economy through treacherous times?’
    • ‘He had by this time changed quite a bit from the lanky, pale-faced boy he used to be.’
    • ‘A thin, pale-faced fellow had claimed the purse whilst the Squire had been speaking.’
    • ‘In front of him a pale-faced Desdemona, her small frame with her head just below his chin, peers up and to the right.’
    • ‘Dressed in a black-and-white striped shirt and black jeans, moustached Clarke sat pale-faced throughout the 15 minute hearing.’
    • ‘This morning one of the guys working on the rebuild cut his head badly and presented himself to me requesting first aid, looking decidedly pale-faced and dripping the scary red stuff.’
    • ‘No one who saw the teenager's funeral on television could fail to have been moved by the pale-faced boy carrying a portrait of his late, much-loved brother.’
    • ‘The area boasts a large artistic community, especially in the bohemian town of Hebden Bridge, where red-eyed stoners rub shoulders with pale-faced pilgrims en route to Sylvia Plath's grave.’
    • ‘It's the kind of music that you can picture thousands of pale-faced, angst-ridden teenagers bobbing their dyed-black long hair to.’
    • ‘He was a pale-faced little man, with dark eyes and a fine and very black moustache.’
    • ‘A hunched, pale-faced character was leaning against the counter.’
    • ‘He's got a classic, jazzy style and pale-faced good looks that the teenage girls will love.’
    • ‘After a few bouts, the pale-faced younger of the contestants gained the upper hand by planting one of his hands firmly in the hair of his rival.’
    • ‘The pale-faced man peered down the microscope.’
    • ‘We look up now, pale-faced under the bare flourescent tube.’
    • ‘The pale-faced mother looks fearfully at her husband as she carries her baby to safety, while the other children snatch up pets and toys on their way.’
    • ‘Pale-faced, he told me he was trying to pierce his ear, but couldn't get the needle through the cartilaginous lobe.’
    • ‘A family of pale-faced, dark-haired children in flat caps and shabby clothes clinging together on one bench seat looked up at him as he passed.’
    pale, wan, pasty, grey, leaden, colourless, sallow, pallid, white, waxen, ghostly
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