From (etyl) salowe, from (etyl) salu, from (etyl) ).
(lb) Yellowish skin colour.
# Of a sickly pale colour.
#*:Then his sallow face brightened, for the hall had been carefully furnished, and was very clean. ¶ There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
#(lb) Of a tan colour, associated with people from southern Europe or East Asia.
#*2007 , David McWilliams, "
We must begin the culture debate", 23 December:
#*:The girls are mostly Slavic-pretty, long-limbed with high cheekbones, sallow skin and green eyes. They are the closest thing to supermodels that Mulhuddart has ever seen.
#*2012 , Aisling, "
Am I pink or yellow? How to choose the right foundation tone. And what is the deal with Mac foundations?" beaut.ie (17 January):
#*:A yellow undertone is often found on people with sallow skin – e.g. Asian.
#*2012 , Billy Keane, "
I feel so much for Mickey. Maybe there is peace for him in sport", Irish Independent (13 June):
#*:She had such lovely sallow skin, the handsome high cheekbones of the north with the brown conker-colour eyes and the dark silken hair.
From (etyl) salwe, from (etyl) sealh, from (etyl) (compare Welsh helyg, Latin salix), probably originally a borrowing from some other language.
A European willow, Salix caprea , that has broad leaves, large catkins and tough wood.
*1819 , Keats, :
*:Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
*:Among the river sallows , borne aloft
*:Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
* (and other bibliographic details) Fawkes
* (and other bibliographic details) Emerson
- Bend the pliant sallow to a shield.
- The sallow knows the basketmaker's thumb.
* sallow flute
Frequently ill; often in poor health; given to becoming ill.
Having the appearance of sickness or ill health; appearing ill, infirm or unhealthy; pale.
- a sickly child
- a sickly plant
Weak; faint; suggesting unhappiness.
- The moon grows sickly at the sight of day.
Somewhat sick; disposed to illness; attended with disease.
- a sickly smile
Tending to produce disease.
- This physic but prolongs thy sickly days.
- a sickly''' autumn; a '''sickly climate
Tending to produce nausea; sickening.
- a sickly''' smell; '''sickly sentimentality
To make sickly.
* 1840 , S. M. Heaton, George Heaton, Thoughts on the Litany, by a naval officer's orphan daughter (page 58)
- Sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought.
* 1871 , Gail Hamilton, Country living and country thinking (page 109)
- He evidently thinks the sweet little innocents never heard or thought of such a thing before, and would go on burying their curly heads in books, and sicklying their rosy faces with "the pale cast of thought" till the end of time
In a sick manner.
* 2010 , Rowan Somerville, The End of Sleep (page 66)
- The creaseless horizontal face of the giant smiled sickly , leering.