Due to a sedentary lifestyle, Norman was saddled with a sallow body, and devoid of muscle. Few women looked beyond his sickly style. Those that did were honored to be acquainted with the hefty load hidden in his pants.


  1. Of skin: Having a yellowish color; of a pale, sickly color, tinged with yellow.

Verb (Transitive)

  1. To tinge with sallowness.


  • /ˈsæ.ləʊ/


From Middle English salowe, from Old English salu.


  1. The willow; willow twigs.
  2. Botany: A name given to certain species of willow, especially those which do not have flexible shoots, as Salix caprea and Salix cinerea.
  3. Botany: European thorny shrub Hippophae rhamnoides. The yellow berries are sometimes used for making jelly, and the plant affords a yellow dye.


  • /ˈsæ.ləʊ/


From Middle English salwe, from Old English sealh, probably originally a borrowing from some other language.

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Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Sallow.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/sallow. Accessed 18 June 2024.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “sallow”, accessed June 18, 2024, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/sallow.

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Sallow. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/sallow

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