Adjective "sallow" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's face or complexion) of an unhealthy yellow or pale brown colour.
  1. in combination 'sallow-faced addicts'
  2. 'The skin hung loosely on her body and the flesh had a sallow tint to it.'
  3. 'A thin zombie-like man with yellow sallow skin, long stringy hair and bloodshot eyes stared at them.'
  4. 'The first thing that frightened me was the pale sallow color of my skin, which I originally thought was from my extreme and deathly loss of blood.'
  5. 'The shaken man described one of the attackers as thin, in his early 20s, with long thin face and a Mexican-style moustache and sallow complexion.'
  6. 'Other patients who had pale lips, sallow complexion and bleeding had fewer mitochondria in the parietal cells of the stomach and these had obviously damaged cristal membranes. c.'
  7. 'His skin was sallow and shiny from the feverish sweat that drenched him as it had before in the foyer, but how long had he been like this, sitting here without aid?'
  8. 'Whiteside is described as 5ft 6in tall, slim, with short hair which is balding on top and going grey on sides, a sallow complexion and brown eyes.'
  9. 'Her face was a sallow pale color, her eyes wide and wild with pain and fear.'
  10. 'The driver is described as a white male, late 20s or early 30s, thin build, 5ft 9ins, with dark hair and a sallow complexion, unshaven and wearing a dark sweater and trousers.'
  11. 'His short and curly dark hair was tousled from a morning of sleep and his usually olive skin had the sallow tone of the hungover.'


A willow tree, especially one of a low-growing or shrubby kind.
  1. 'Goat Willow, Sallow or Pussy Willow is a very common, native, small tree or shrub to 10m. It is found throughout Britain in hedges,scrub and damp woods.'
A European moth with dull yellow, orange, and brown patterned wings.
  1. 'The genus Eupsilia, which includes some of the moths known as Sallows, is one of the problematic groups. There are nine or ten species in North America, with perhaps more to be eventually described.'


1. of a sickly, yellowish or lightish brown color: sallow cheeks; a sallow complexion. verb (used with object)

2. to make sallow.

More examples(as adjective)

"skins can be sallow since fevers."

"cheeks can be sallow with fatigues."

"faces can be sallow."

"skins can be sallow."

"complexions can be sallow."

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(sallow)Old English salh, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse selja, and Latin salix ‘willow’.