Definition of pale-faced in US English:



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

    ‘sergeants screaming orders to pale-faced recruits’
    • ‘Pale-faced, he told me he was trying to pierce his ear, but couldn't get the needle through the cartilaginous lobe.’
    • ‘A thin, pale-faced fellow had claimed the purse whilst the Squire had been speaking.’
    • ‘Dressed in a black-and-white striped shirt and black jeans, moustached Clarke sat pale-faced throughout the 15 minute hearing.’
    • ‘He was a pale-faced little man, with dark eyes and a fine and very black moustache.’
    • ‘The pale-faced man peered down the microscope.’
    • ‘He had by this time changed quite a bit from the lanky, pale-faced boy he used to be.’
    • ‘She was sitting upright, pale-faced, with her dark hair cascading over the milkiness of her round shoulders.’
    • ‘A hunched, pale-faced character was leaning against the counter.’
    • ‘It's the kind of music that you can picture thousands of pale-faced, angst-ridden teenagers bobbing their dyed-black long hair to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's got a classic, jazzy style and pale-faced good looks that the teenage girls will love.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘In front of him a pale-faced Desdemona, her small frame with her head just below his chin, peers up and to the right.’
    • ‘We look up now, pale-faced under the bare flourescent tube.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    pale, wan, pasty, grey, leaden, colourless, sallow, pallid, white, waxen, ghostly
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