Definition of sallow adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsæləʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæloʊ//
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(of a person’s skin or face) having a slightly yellow colour that does not look healthy synonym pasty2 He was a small man with a thin sallow face. a sallow complexion Word Originadjective Old English salo ‘dusky’, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse sǫlr ‘yellow’, from a base meaning ‘dirty’.

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