Adjective "ashen" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's face) very pale with shock, fear, or illness.
  1. 'Katie's face was pale and ashen and her eyes were glassy.'
  2. 'Daphne freezes, seeing the sudden fear on her father's ashen face.'
  3. 'The ashen face in the bed twisted in pain, pale lips parting and pressing together.'
  4. 'His face was ashen white, and he looked like a ghost, his skin almost translucent.'
  5. 'Erik nodded, his eyes still locked on his father's ashen face.'
  6. 'His face was ashen, and he didn't say a word for several minutes.'
  7. 'His face was ashen by this point, and he could barely hear his own voice.'
  8. 'His ashen face was animated by genuine interest.'
  9. 'The rest of us just continue to be stressed out, over worked, ashen and grey faced and up to our necks in debt.'
  10. 'Giovanni sighed, smiling happily, which added color to his ashen cheeks.'
  11. 'This Pastor was an older, gaunter man; his face was ashen and he seemed very weary, having been worn down by the endless petitions of the last few days.'
Of or resembling ashes.
  1. 'the ashen morning sky'


Made of timber from the ash tree.


    1. ash-colored; gray.

    2. extremely pale; drained of color; pallid: His face was ashen.

    3. consisting of ashes.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be ashen with worries."

    "faces can be ashen."

    "people can be ashen."

    "colours can be ashen."

    "cheeks can be ashen."

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