adjective, yel·low·er, yel·low·est.
- designating or pertaining to an Asian person or Asian peoples.
- designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, especially of black and white heritage.
- (of a newspaper, book, etc.) featuring articles, pictures, or other content that is sensational, especially morbidly or offensively so: yellow rags; yellow biographies.
- dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, especially in sacrificing truth for sensationalism, as in yellow journalism; yellow press.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of yellow
Synonyms for yellow
Related Words for yellowersneaking, chicken, offensive, low, craven, amber, ivory, lemon, gold, blond, cream, buff, chrome, saffron, sand, bisque, deceitful, gutless, lily-livered, pusillanimous
Examples from the Web for yellower
Historical Examples of yellower
He was yellower than he was the other night, and he walked like he hadn't got his sea legs on.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
In the east a brighter, yellower light than the moon's began to show.The Shame of Motley
And for the translucency of their yellower effects we must bring in the amber.The Heart of Nature
He was yellower and grayer, and he was getting testy and irascible.On the Stairs
Henry B. Fuller
The little beetle at her feet was busied in a yellower soil than sand.Folle-Farine
Word Origin for yellow
"to become yellow," Old English geoluwian, from the source of yellow (adj.). Related: Yellowed; yellowing.
Old English geolu, geolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Middle Dutch ghele, Dutch geel, Middle High German gel, German gelb, Old Norse gulr, Swedish gul "yellow"), from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see Chloe).
Meaning "light-skinned" (of blacks) first recorded 1808. Applied to Asiatics since 1787, though the first recorded reference is to Turkish words for inhabitants of India. Yellow peril translates German die gelbe gefahr. Sense of "cowardly" is 1856, of unknown origin; the color was traditionally associated rather with treachery. Yellow-bellied "cowardly" is from 1924, probably a rhyming reduplication of yellow; earlier yellow-belly was a sailor's name for a half-caste (1867) and a Texas term for Mexican soldiers (1842, based on the color of their uniforms). Yellow dog "mongrel" is attested from c.1770; slang sense of "contemptible person" first recorded 1881. Yellow fever attested from 1748, American English (jaundice is a symptom).