Definition of pallid in English:



  • 1(of a person's face) pale, typically because of poor health.

    ‘his face, with its wrinkled, pallid complexion’
    • ‘It mixed with the tears that stained her pallid face and soaked her through to the bones.’
    • ‘He nodded and smiled, lifting his palm to brush away some stray pieces of hair from her pallid face.’
    • ‘She felt tears well up in her eyes and when she blinked they finally escaped to roll down her pallid face.’
    • ‘I could see, even in the dim light of my fading lamp, that his skin was pasty and pallid, his eyes dark and cloudy.’
    • ‘His skin was bright salmon-pink on his hands and feet, and then faded to yellow on his arms and shins, and then to a pallid white.’
    • ‘Her aged face was pallid, her chest failed to move under her ragged brown garments.’
    • ‘I looked at her; her usually glowing face was pallid.’
    • ‘Her mother was propped up against a pillow, her pallid face hardly standing out against the white background.’
    • ‘The sunlight slivered through the window and onto the pallid face of a young girl.’
    • ‘She gingerly touched the pallid white gauze, then was brought back to the present by the burning smell coming from her toast.’
    • ‘From the corner of his mouth came a slow, thin trickle of bright red, dripping slowly down his pallid face like rain down a windowpane.’
    • ‘He was breathing hard, as if he had been running, and his pallid face shone bright with sweat.’
    • ‘The dark atmosphere made it hard for me to see clearly, but I saw his pallid face under his dark hood.’
    • ‘A pinched smile that looked painful instead of cheerful worked across mom's pallid face.’
    • ‘Her skin was all pallid, not as the lifeless corpse as many would likely say in jest and scorn.’
    • ‘Her eyes were dull with sorrow and her cheeks would have been deathly pallid if not for the rogue she heavily slathered onto her cheeks.’
    • ‘The reclusive teenager was determined to tan his pallid body, but did not want to expose his feeble frame to others.’
    • ‘These guys never go home, they're all white and pallid and beefy.’
    • ‘Complacent smiles linger on their pallid faces.’
    • ‘She glimpsed her mother lying feebly on a divan with a wrinkled, pallid face.’
    pale, white, pasty, pasty-faced, wan, colourless, anaemic, bloodless, washed out, peaky, peakish, peaked, whey-faced, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, whitish, white-faced, waxen, waxy, blanched, drained, pinched
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  • 2Lacking vigour or intensity; insipid.

    ‘a pallid ray of winter sun’
    ‘pallid liberalism’
    • ‘Instead, too often they are bland and pallid readings of the surface of reality: events and names and dates without perspective.’
    • ‘Character designs are rather pallid and dull, completely uninteresting in style or drawn without any particular flare.’
    • ‘But despite all her highly charged sexuality, she's a rather pallid character with predictable sensibilities.’
    • ‘He is a bland, pallid individual who seems to have nothing but the interests and passions of his dead relatives to guide him through life.’
    • ‘Thus the secondary characters seem pallid in contrast to what we know of their real-life models.’
    • ‘Perhaps aware that his male characters were pallid, he created a sub-plot featuring a romantic highwayman.’
    • ‘Until recently, the concern had been that the recovery in the euro zone was so pallid and feeble that the big euro zone economies could not take a rate increase.’
    • ‘Her anemic, monochromatic playing and pallid, unimaginative way with a phrase don't help matters.’
    • ‘It just sat there on the plate, stolid, pallid, and completely lacking in anything even approaching meal appeal.’
    • ‘But there's something about politics that, for most MPs, makes the civilian lifestyle pallid, tedious and even a bit scary.’
    • ‘He mistakenly characterizes spirituality as a pallid Platonic flight from the world or some kind of interiorized religious stirrings.’
    insipid, uninspired, colourless, uninteresting, feeble, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, unimaginative, lifeless, spiritless, sterile, anaemic, bloodless, bland, vapid, wishy-washy
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Late 16th century: from Latin pallidus ‘pale’ (related to pallere ‘be pale’).