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yellow

[yel-oh] /ˈyɛl oʊ/
noun
1.
a color like that of egg yolk, ripe lemons, etc.; the primary color between green and orange in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 570 and 590 nm.
2.
the yolk of an egg.
3.
a yellow pigment or dye.
4.
Informal. yellow light.
5.
Slang. yellow jacket (def 2).
adjective, yellower, yellowest.
6.
of the color yellow.
7.
Offensive.
  1. designating or pertaining to an Asian person or Asian peoples.
  2. designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, especially of black and white heritage.
8.
having a sallow or yellowish complexion.
9.
Informal. cowardly.
10.
  1. (of a newspaper, book, etc.) featuring articles, pictures, or other content that is sensational, especially morbidly or offensively so: yellow rags;
    yellow biographies.
  2. dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, especially in sacrificing truth for sensationalism, as in yellow journalism; yellow press.
11.
jealous; envious.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
12.
to make or become yellow:
Yellow the sheets with dye. The white stationery had yellowed with age.
Origin of yellow
900
before 900; 1895-1900 for def 9; Middle English yelou (adj. and noun), Old English geolo, geolu (adj.); cognate with Dutch geel, German gelb, Latin helvus pale-yellow; akin to Old Norse gulr
Related forms
yellowly, adverb
yellowness, noun
Synonyms
9. craven, timorous, fearful.
Usage note
It is perceived as insulting to use yellow to describe a person of Asian or mixed racial origin, as in the terms yellow peril and high yellow.
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Examples from the Web for yellower
Historical Examples
  • The little beetle at her feet was busied in a yellower soil than sand.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • In the east a brighter, yellower light than the moon's began to show.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • And for the translucency of their yellower effects we must bring in the amber.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • Now, however, he became very silent, and grew yellower and yellower.

    Digby Heathcote W.H.G. Kingston
  • If in a cow giving milk the secretion diminishes, the mucus from the eyes and nose becomes thicker and yellower.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • She said so when I brought her the daffodils; and these are yellower, ever so much yellower.'

    Christie, the King's Servant Mrs. O. F. Walton
  • A yellower set, or a bluer in the gills, you never set eyes on.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The grass is greener and the yellow leaves are yellower than in the paintings of any other artist.

  • Hot waves of air came through the corn, that became yellower and yellower.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • We are attending to a yellower tulip, no doubt, when the only daffodil that Shakespeare knew is opening in the chilly wood.

    Ceres' Runaway Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for yellower

yellow

/ˈjɛləʊ/
noun
1.
any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same hue. They lie in the approximate wavelength range 585–575 nanometres. Yellow is the complementary colour of blue and with cyan and magenta forms a set of primary colours related adjective xanthous
2.
a pigment or dye of or producing these colours
3.
yellow cloth or clothing: dressed in yellow
4.
the yolk of an egg
5.
a yellow ball in snooker, etc
6.
any of a group of pieridine butterflies the males of which have yellow or yellowish wings, esp the clouded yellows (Colias spp.) and the brimstone
adjective
7.
of the colour yellow
8.
yellowish in colour or having parts or marks that are yellowish: yellow jasmine
9.
having a yellowish skin; Mongoloid
10.
(informal) cowardly or afraid
11.
offensively sensational, as a cheap newspaper (esp in the phrase yellow press)
verb
12.
to make or become yellow
See also yellows
Derived Forms
yellowish, adjective
yellowly, adverb
yellowness, noun
yellowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English geolu; related to Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Old Norse gulr, Latin helvus
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Word Origin and History for yellower

yellow

adj.

Old English geolu, geolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Middle Dutch ghele, Dutch geel, Middle High German gel, German gelb, Old Norse gulr, Swedish gul "yellow"), from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see Chloe).

Meaning "light-skinned" (of blacks) first recorded 1808. Applied to Asiatics since 1787, though the first recorded reference is to Turkish words for inhabitants of India. Yellow peril translates German die gelbe gefahr. Sense of "cowardly" is 1856, of unknown origin; the color was traditionally associated rather with treachery. Yellow-bellied "cowardly" is from 1924, probably a rhyming reduplication of yellow; earlier yellow-belly was a sailor's name for a half-caste (1867) and a Texas term for Mexican soldiers (1842, based on the color of their uniforms). Yellow dog "mongrel" is attested from c.1770; slang sense of "contemptible person" first recorded 1881. Yellow fever attested from 1748, American English (jaundice is a symptom).

v.

"to become yellow," Old English geoluwian, from the source of yellow (adj.). Related: Yellowed; yellowing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yellower

vote with one's feet

verb phrase

To escape; become a refugee or emigrant: Nearly three million people voted with their feet (1965+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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