Sallow Sal"low, a. [Compar. {Sallower}; superl. {Sallowest}.] [AS. salu; akin to D. zaluw, OHG. salo, Icel. s["o]lr yellow.] Having a yellowish color; of a pale, sickly color, tinged with yellow; as, a sallow skin. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • Sallow — Sal low (s[a^]l l[ o]), n. [OE. salwe, AS. sealh; akin to OHG. salaha, G. salweide, Icel. selja, L. salix, Ir. sail, saileach, Gael. seileach, W. helyg, Gr. eli kh.] 1. The willow; willow twigs. [Poetic] Tennyson. [1913 Webster] And bend the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sallow — sallow1 [sal′ō] adj. [ME salou < OE salu, sallow, dark, akin to OHG salo < IE base * sal , dirty gray: see SALICIN] of a sickly, pale yellow hue [a sallow complexion] vt. to make sallow sallowness n. sallow2 [sal′ō] n. [ME salwe, sealh: see …   English World dictionary

  • Sallow — Sal low, v. t. To tinge with sallowness. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] July breathes hot, sallows the crispy fields. Lowell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sallow — [adj] pale, unhealthy anemic, ashen, ashy, bilious, colorless, dull, greenish yellow, jaundiced, muddy, pallid, pasty, wan, waxy, yellowish; concept 618 Ant. colorful, dark, flushed, healthy …   New thesaurus

  • sallow — ► ADJECTIVE (sallower, sallowest) ▪ (of a person s face or complexion) of a yellowish or pale brown colour. DERIVATIVES sallowish adjective sallowness noun. ORIGIN Old English, «dusky» …   English terms dictionary

  • sallow — sallow1 sallowish, adj. sallowness, n. /sal oh/, adj., sallower, sallowest, v. adj. 1. of a sickly, yellowish color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion. v.t. 2. to make sallow. [bef. 1000; ME sal(o)we, OE salo; …   Universalium

  • sallow — sal|low [ˈsæləu US lou] adj [: Old English; Origin: salu] sallow skin looks slightly yellow and unhealthy sallow face/skin/complexion ▪ a woman with dark hair and a sallow complexion >sallowness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sallow — [[t]sæ̱loʊ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If a person has sallow skin, their skin, especially on their face, is a pale yellowish colour and looks unhealthy. Her sallow skin was drawn tightly across the bones of her face... His face was sallow and shiny with… …   English dictionary

  • sallow — I. /ˈsæloʊ / (say saloh) adjective 1. of a yellowish, sickly hue or complexion: sallow cheeks. –verb (t) 2. to make sallow. {Middle English salowe, Old English salo, related to Icelandic sölr yellow} –sallowish, adjective –sallowness, noun II.… …  

  • sallow — [OE] English has two distinct words sallow. The adjective goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *salwa , which was also borrowed into French as sale ‘dirty’. The underlying meaning appears to be ‘dark coloured’. Its only surviving relative among… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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