Sallow vs Sickly - What's the difference?

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Sallow is a related term of sickly.


As adjectives the difference between sallow and sickly

is that sallow is (lb) yellowish skin colour while sickly is frequently ill; often in poor health; given to becoming ill.

As a noun sallow

is a european willow, salix caprea , that has broad leaves, large catkins and tough wood.

As a verb sickly is

to make sickly.

As an adverb sickly is

in a sick manner.

sallow

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) salowe, from (etyl) salu, from (etyl) ).

Adjective

(er)
  • (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.
  • Dirty; murky.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) salwe, from (etyl) sealh, from (etyl) (compare Welsh helyg, Latin salix), probably originally a borrowing from some other language.

    Noun

    (wikipedia sallow) (en noun)
  • 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;
  • Willow twigs.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) Fawkes
  • Bend the pliant sallow to a shield.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) Emerson
  • The sallow knows the basketmaker's thumb.
    Derived terms
    * ) * sallow flute

    Anagrams

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    sickly

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Frequently ill; often in poor health; given to becoming ill.
  • a sickly child
  • Having the appearance of sickness or ill health; appearing ill, infirm or unhealthy; pale.
  • a sickly plant
  • * Dryden
  • The moon grows sickly at the sight of day.
  • Weak; faint; suggesting unhappiness.
  • a sickly smile
  • Somewhat sick; disposed to illness; attended with disease.
  • * Shakespeare
  • This physic but prolongs thy sickly days.
  • Tending to produce disease.
  • a sickly''' autumn; a '''sickly climate
    (Cowper)
  • Tending to produce nausea; sickening.
  • a sickly''' smell; '''sickly sentimentality

    Verb

  • To make sickly.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought.
  • * 1840 , S. M. Heaton, George Heaton, Thoughts on the Litany, by a naval officer's orphan daughter (page 58)
  • * 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

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • In a sick manner.
  • * 2010 , Rowan Somerville, The End of Sleep (page 66)
  • The creaseless horizontal face of the giant smiled sickly , leering.