One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Thin; gaunt; pale.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Jamieson (1759–1838), antiquary and philologist. Origin uncertain; perhaps (as suggested by Sc. National Dict s.v.) originally imitative of a slight, high-pitched sound, influenced in form by pallie.
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