1. a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
  2. an accomplice.

verb (used without object), palled, pal·ling.

  1. to associate as comrades or chums: to pal around with the kid next door.


  1. a cloth, often of velvet, for spreading over a coffin, bier, or tomb.
  2. a coffin.
  3. anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, especially with darkness or gloom.
  4. Ecclesiastical.
    1. pallium(def 2b).
    2. a linen cloth or a square cloth-covered piece of cardboard used to cover a chalice.
  5. Heraldry. pairle.
  6. Archaic. a cloth spread upon an altar; corporal.
  7. Archaic. a garment, especially a robe, cloak, or the like.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cover with or as with a pall.

verb (used without object)

  1. to have a wearying or tiresome effect (usually followed by on or upon).
  2. to become distasteful or unpleasant.
  3. to become satiated or cloyed with something.

verb (used with object)

  1. to satiate or cloy.
  2. to make dull, distasteful, or unpleasant.


  1. a close friend; comrade
  2. an accomplice

verb pals, palling or palled

  1. (intr; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends

n acronym for

  1. phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe


  1. a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
  2. a coffin, esp during the funeral ceremony
  3. a dark heavy covering; shroudthe clouds formed a pall over the sky
  4. a depressing or oppressive atmosphereher bereavement cast a pall on the party
  5. heraldry an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
  6. Christianity
    1. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
    2. an archaic word for pallium (def. 2)
  7. an obsolete word for cloak


  1. (tr) to cover or depress with a pall


  1. (intr often foll by on) to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)history classes palled on me
  2. to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated

n.1788, from Romany (English Gypsy) pal “brother, comrade,” variant of continental Romany pral, plal, phral, probably from Sanskrit bhrata “brother” (see brother (n.)). Extended colloquial form palsy-walsy attested from 1930. n.Old English pæll “rich cloth or cloak, purple robe, altar cloth,” from Latin pallium “cloak, coverlet, covering,” in Tertullian, the garment worn by Christians instead of the Roman toga; related to pallo “robe, cloak,” palla “long upper garment of Roman women,” perhaps from the root of pellis “skin.” Notion of “cloth spread over a coffin” (mid-15c.) led to figurative sense of “dark, gloomy mood” (1742). v.“become tiresome,” 1700, from Middle English pallen “to become faint, fail in strength” (late 14c.), shortened form of appallen “to dismay, fill with horror or disgust” (see appall). Related: Palled; palling. v.1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.

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