1 colourless, white, wan, sallow, waxen, livid, ashen, ashy, pallid, bloodless, whitish, pasty, whey-faced, washed out, anaemic, blanched, drained, ghostly, ghastly, peaky or peakish, peaked, cadaverous:
If you had been through an ordeal like that, you'd look pale, too
2 faint, light, dim, washed out, pastel:
She was wearing a pale green evening gown tonight.
3 feeble, weak, flimsy, meagre, enfeebled, ineffective, ineffectual, puny, insignificant, paltry, lame, poor, inadequate, half-hearted, tame, spiritless, whey-faced, empty, sterile, lifeless, uninspired, anaemic, Colloq half-baked:
The sequel was a pale imitation of the original film.
4 blanch, blench, dim, whiten:
He paled when they told him of the car crash.
5 diminish, lessen, fade (away), decrease, abate:
The works of most modern writers pale in comparison with those of the Elizabethans.
1 paling, palisade, picket, upright, post, stake:
The pales are attached to horizontal rails to form a fence.
2 boundary, limit(s), restriction, bounds, border(s), confines:
Nothing is outside the pale of the imagination of a great novelist.
3 beyond the pale. improper, irregular, unseemly, unsuitable, indecent, unacceptable, inadmissible, forbidden, anathema, disallowed, prohibited, verboten, interdicted; US unusual, bizarre, peculiar, outré, weird, abnormal, strange:
The committee have found your behaviour to be beyond the pale, Frances, and we demand your resignation.