Pale Pale (p[=a]l), a. [Compar. {Paler} (p[=a]l"[~e]r); superl. {Palest}.] [F. p[^a]le, fr. p[^a]lir to turn pale, L. pallere to be or look pale. Cf. {Appall}, {Fallow}, {pall}, v. i., {Pallid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue. ``Pale as a forpined ghost.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Speechless he stood and pale. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

They are not of complexion red or pale. --T. Randolph. [1913 Webster]

2. Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon. [1913 Webster]

The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick; It looks a little paler. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Pale is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, pale-colored, pale-eyed, pale-faced, pale-looking, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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