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

Nearby words

  1. yellow-headed blackbird,
  2. yellow-rumped warbler,
  3. yellow-throated vireo,
  4. yellow-throated warbler,
  5. yellow-yite,
  6. yellowbark,
  7. yellowbelly,
  8. yellowbird,
  9. yellowcake,
  10. yelloweye rockfish

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