Santa looks a little pallid, meaning that he has a pale complexion, from spending too much time at the North Pole. A few days in Hawaii might do wonders to add color to his pale, bearded face.

Pallid means pale, or lacking color. It's often used together with complexion to describe someone who has a pale face, either due to a lack of sunshine or some kind of emotional distress. A reclusive author could be pallid from spending too much time indoors. His books can also be called pallid if they're lacking in color and excitement.

Definitions of pallid

adj abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

“the pallid face of the invalid”
pale, wan
colorless, colourless
weak in color; not colorful

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

“a pallid sky”
pale, sick, wan
wanting in physical strength

adj lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness

“a pallid performance”
colorless, colourless
lacking in variety and interest

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