- 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: Middle 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
- sallowness noun
- a kind of willow (Salix caprea) with large catkins of flowers which appear before the leaves
- a willow twig
Origin: Middle English salwe, sealh: see salicin
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adjective sal·low·er, sal·low·est
Origin: Middle English salowe, from Old English salo.
- salˈlow·ly adverb
- salˈlow·ness noun
Origin: Middle English saloue, from Old English sealh.
sallow - Medical Definition