pale

After a long summer in the pool and the bright sun, your favorite rainbow-colored beach swimsuit will probably end up pale and faded. Pale means "having little color."

When something's light colored, you can describe it as pale, like a pale light shining in the kitchen at night, or a person's pale face when they're suffering from the flu. Pale is also a verb that means "to become pale," so you could say that you saw your friend's face pale at the news that her favorite bakery had gone out of business. Don't make the mistake of confusing pale with its homophone, pail, which means "bucket."

Primary Meanings of pale

1.
n
a wooden strip forming part of a fence
2.
adjv
abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
turn pale, as if in fear
3.
adj
very light colored; highly diluted with white
Full Definitions of pale
1

n a wooden strip forming part of a fence

Synonyms:
picket
Type of:
strip
thin piece of wood or metal
2

adj abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

Synonyms:
pallid, wan
colorless, colourless
weak in color; not colorful

adj (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”
“the pale (or wan) stars”
Synonyms:
pallid, sick, wan
weak
wanting in physical strength

adj lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness

“a pale rendition of the aria”
pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender”
Synonyms:
pallid
colorless, colourless
lacking in variety and interest

adj not full or rich

“high, pale, pure and lovely song”
Synonyms:
thin
(of sound) lacking resonance or volume

v turn pale, as if in fear

Synonyms:
blanch, blench
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner
3

adj very light colored; highly diluted with white

pale seagreen”
pale blue eyes”
Synonyms:
light, light-colored
(used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent

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