- The definition of sallow is skin that looks a little yellow.
An example of sallow used as an adjective is sallow skin which is when a person’s face looks yellowish because of an illness.
- To sallow is defined as to make a complexion have a yellowish color.
An example of sallow is to inject certain medications that are known to change the color of the complexion if injested in large quantities.
Origin of sallowMiddle English salou ; from Old English salu, sallow, dark, akin to Old High German salo ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sal-, dirty gray: see salicin
- a kind of willow (Salix caprea) with large catkins of flowers which appear before the leaves
- a willow twig
Origin of sallowMiddle English salwe, sealh: see salicin
transitive verbsal·lowed, sal·low·ing, sal·lows
Origin of sallowMiddle English salowe, from Old English salo.
Origin of sallowMiddle English saloue, from Old English sealh.
(comparative sallower, superlative sallowest)
From Middle English salowe, from Old English salu, from Proto-Germanic *salwaz (compare Dutch zaluw, dialectal German sal), from Proto-Indo-European *solH- (compare Welsh halog, Latin salīva, Russian соловый (solóvyj, “cream-colored”)).
- A European willow, Salix caprea, that has broad leaves, large catkins and tough wood.
- Willow twigs.
From Middle English salwe, from Old English sealh, from Proto-Germanic *salhaz, masculine variant of *salhō, *salhjōn (compare Low German Sal, Saal; Swedish sälg), from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂lk-, *sh₂lik- (compare Welsh helyg, Latin salix), probably originally a borrowing from some other language.