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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 14th July 2024
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sallow (adjective) SAL-o

Sickly or unnaturally pale yellowish.

Gilberto was as compact as a squash ball, sallow, ugly and muscular, yet amazingly deft in his movements.

Michael Dibdin, Ratking. Amazon

The angry look on the judge's sallow face showed that either his attendance in court that morning or Cranston's arrival had put him in an ill humour.

Paul Harding, The Nightingale Gallery: Being the First of the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan. Amazon

I have not always thought that Matthew Parris observed things entirely accurately, but I was in total agreement with him when he said, after the Budget:"Tony Blair" looked "so dreadful ... Sallow and drawn, his face puckered by anxiety and a cartoon frown".

Mr Redwood, Commons Hansard, 23 March 1998. Commons Hansard

L'Oréal, for its part, is even taking a macho approach to marketing: part advertising and part subtle terror campaign. Visitors to the Web site for Men's Expert are treated to a video simulation of a man's face aging from dewy teenager to jowly, sallow retiree. The accompanying message is chilling: "Face it. You're getting older. Don't ignore it."

Peter Rubin, The New York Times, 5 May 2005.
New York Times

A light cast its sallow glow.

N.R. Kleinfield, The New York Times, 23 June 1997. New York Times

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