[ yel-oh-bak ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌbæk /


(formerly) an inexpensive, often lurid, novel bound in yellow cloth or paper.
a gold certificate.

Origin of yellowback

First recorded in 1790–1800; yellow + back1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yellowback

  • You saw what that fellow flashed, a twenty dollar yellowback, a word to Skippy and the Kennedy would follow.

    Skippy Bedelle|Owen Johnson