(noun, adjective, verb)


1. very light colored; highly diluted with white

- pale seagreen

- pale blue eyes

Similar word(s): light

2. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

- the pale light of a half moon

- a pale sun

- the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street

Similar word(s): weak, pallid, sick, wan

3. lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness

- a pale rendition of the aria

- pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender

Similar word(s): colorless, colourless, pallid

4. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

Similar word(s): colorless, colourless, pallid, wan

5. not full or rich

- high, pale, pure and lovely song

Similar word(s): thin

Sentences with pale as an adjective:

- I have pale yellow wallpaper.  She had pale skin because she didn't get much sunlight.

- His face turned pale after hearing about his mother's death.

- He is but a pale shadow of his former self.


1. a wooden strip forming part of a fence

Similar word(s): picket

Definition categories: man–made, strip


1. turn pale, as if in fear

Similar word(s): blanch, blench

Definition categories: body, color, colour, discolor, discolour

Sentences with pale as a verb:

- 2006 New York Times Its financing pales next to the tens of billions that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will have at its disposal, ...

- [Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in / With rocks unscalable and roaring waters. — Shakespeare.