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Definition an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion; or to cause such a complexion
  • She looks sallow and unhealthy.
sallow = with a pale or yellow complexion
  • Liver disease has given her a sallow complexion.
  • sallow = unhealthy pale of yellowish
  • She was a thin, sallow, sickly, and nervous woman
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • sallow = an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion
  • Hath wash'd thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • The illness has sallowed her face.
  • sallowed = an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion
  • Professor Quirrell, in his absurd turban, was talking to a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and sallow skin.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • sallow = pale or yellowish (looking unhealthy)
  • His face was sallow under the light.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • sallow = an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion
  • The thin rain hung in the air, so that the light from the arc lamps was sallow and chalky, screening the world beyond.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • He was a tall, emaciated man, with jerky movements, a sallow face and the restless, unfocused eyes of a drug addict.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • After so many days living by torchlight, gaslight, and eerie witchlight, the fluorescent lighting made things look sallow and unnatural.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • A girl was standing in the entrance of the french window-a small, sallow girl, with very black hair and suspicious eyes.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The taxi driver, a sallow, yellowish man, shriveled like a chickpea with the cold, said, "I wouldn't take you more than a couple of blocks near.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Her face is sallow, her skin sagging over her bones.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Several others were rawboned and sallow, as if they had been beaten upon by all sorts of rough weather.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • In his late thirties, he was an unathietic, sallow little man.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • On a bench sits a goitrous and sallow German sergeant major with shadows carved under his eyes.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The rest of his face was handsome, if sallow.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Young Burt made his appearance then, wiping his sallow face.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • His cheeks are sallow, his skin looks gray and papery, and his eyes are bloodshot.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • So I ponder; and you meanwhile observe maliciously my pursed lips, my sallow cheeks and my invariable frown.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves

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