(1)   Easily frightened
(2)   Of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk
(3)   Affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc
(4)   Cowardly or treacherous
"The little yellow stain of treason"-M.W.Straight
"Too yellow to stand and fight"
(5)   Changed to a yellowish color by age
"Yellowed parchment"


(6)   Yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons


(7)   Turn yellow
"The pages of the book began to yellow"


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  1. Having yellow as its colour.
    • 1911, J. Milton Hayes, "The green eye of the little yellow god,"
      There's a one-eyed yellow idol / To the north of Kathmandu; / There's a little marble cross below the town; / And a brokenhearted woman / Tends the grave of 'Mad' Carew, / While the yellow god for ever gazes down.
  2. Lacking courage.
  3. Characterized by sensationalism, lurid content, and doubtful accuracy.
    • 2004, Doreen Carvajal, "Photo edict muffles gossipy press," International Herald Tribune, 4 Oct. (retrieved 29 July 2008),
      The denizens of the gossipy world of the pink press, purple prose and yellow tabloids are shivering over disputed photographs of Princess Caroline of Monaco.


  1. The colour of gold or butter; the colour obtained by mixing green and red light, or by subtracting blue from white light.
  2. One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 2 points.


bronze yellow, cadmium yellow, fast yellow AB, quinoline yellow, school bus yellow, sulfur yellow, sulphur yellow, taxi yellow, yellow-green, yellow 2G


  1. To become yellow or more yellow.
  2. To cause to become yellow or more yellow.

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