of a sickly, yellowish or lightish brown color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion.
to make sallow.
- sal·low·ish, adjective
- sal·low·ness, noun
Other definitions for sallow (2 of 2)
any of several shrubby Old World willows, especially Salix atrocinerea or the pussy willow, S. caprea.
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How to use sallow in a sentence
The sallowness of his complexion was gone, but the short locks of hair about his ears were as white as froth.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
There was nothing unhealthy in her clear pallor, no hint of sallowness, but a soft, white glow.Narcissa, or the Road to Rome | Laura E. Richards
The poor man’s sallowness had become almost livid, and in half-sobbing words he exclaimed—‘Is it so?Hopes and Fears | Charlotte M. Yonge
He was a dark man, with a skin of oily sallowness; thickset, with something of the slow ungainliness of a toad.'Me-Smith' | Caroline Lockhart
The skin was yellow, but stretched so firm and hard on the cheek bones that the sallowness did not look unhealthy.The Path of the King | John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for sallow (1 of 2)
(esp of human skin) of an unhealthy pale or yellowish colour
(tr) to make sallow
- sallowish, adjective
- sallowly, adverb
- sallowness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for sallow (2 of 2)
any of several small willow trees, esp the Eurasian Salix cinerea (common sallow), which has large catkins that appear before the leaves
a twig or the wood of any of these trees
- sallowy, adjective
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