What does sallow mean?

Definitions for sallowˈsæl oʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sallow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sallow(adj)

    any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal

  2. sallow, sickly(verb)

    unhealthy looking

  3. sallow(verb)

    cause to become sallow

    "The illness has sallowed her face"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sallow(noun)

    the willow; willow twigs

  2. Sallow(noun)

    a name given to certain species of willow, especially those which do not have flexible shoots, as Salix caprea, S. cinerea, etc

  3. Sallow

    having a yellowish color; of a pale, sickly color, tinged with yellow; as, a sallow skin

  4. Sallow(verb)

    to tinge with sallowness

  5. Origin: [OE. salwe, AS. sealh; akin to OHG. salaha, G. salweide, Icel. selja, L. salix, Ir. sail, saileach, Gael. seileach, W. helyg, Gr. "eli`kh.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sallow

    sal′ō, n. a tree or low shrub of the willow kind—(Scot.) Sauch.—adj. Sall′owy, abounding in sallows. [A.S. sealh; Ger. sahl.]

  2. Sallow

    sal′ō, adj. of a pale, yellowish colour.—v.t. to tinge with a sallow colour.—adj. Sall′owish, somewhat sallow.—ns. Sall′ow-kitt′en, a kind of puss-moth; Sall′ow-moth, a British moth of a pale-yellow colour; Sall′owness.—adj. Sall′owy. [A.S. salo, salu; cf. Dut. zaluw, and Old High Ger. salo.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sallow in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sallow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edith Wharton:

    I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.

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