[ sal-oh ]
/ ˈsæl oʊ /

adjective, sal·low·er, sal·low·est.

of a sickly, yellowish or lightish brown color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion.

verb (used with object)

to make sallow.

Nearby words

  1. salk, jonas edward,
  2. salle à manger,
  3. sallee,
  4. sallenders,
  5. sallet,
  6. sallowy,
  7. sallust,
  8. sally,
  9. sally army,
  10. sally lunn

Origin of sallow

before 1000; Middle English sal(o)we, Old English salo; cognate with Old Norse sǫlr yellow; compare French sale dirty (< Gmc)

Related formssal·low·ish, adjectivesal·low·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sallowness

British Dictionary definitions for sallowness


/ (ˈsæləʊ) /


(esp of human skin) of an unhealthy pale or yellowish colour


(tr) to make sallow
Derived Formssallowish, adjectivesallowly, adverbsallowness, noun

Word Origin for sallow

Old English salu; related to Old Norse sol seaweed (Icelandic sōlr yellowish), Old High German salo, French sale dirty


/ (ˈsæləʊ) /


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
Derived Formssallowy, adjective

Word Origin for sallow

Old English sealh; related to Old Norse selja, Old High German salaha, Middle Low German salwīde, Latin salix

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Word Origin and History for sallowness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sallowness


[ sălō ]


Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.


To make sallow.

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