yellow

{{11}}yellow (adj.) O.E. geolu, geolwe, from P.Gmc. *gelwaz (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. gelo, M.Du. ghele, Du. geel, M.H.G. gel, Ger. gelb, O.N. gulr, Swed. gul "yellow"), from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see CHLOE (Cf. 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 Ger. 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).
{{12}}yellow (v.) "to become yellow," O.E. geoluwian, from the source of YELLOW (Cf. yellow) (adj.). Related: Yellowed; yellowing.

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  • Yellow — Yel low, n. 1. A bright golden color, reflecting more light than any other except white; the color of that part of the spectrum which is between the orange and green. A long motley coat guarded with yellow. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A yellow… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yellow — [yel′ō] adj. [ME yelwe < OE geolu, akin to Ger gelb < IE base * ĝhel , to gleam, yellow, green, blue > Gr cholos, gall, L helvus, tawny] 1. of the color of gold, butter, or ripe lemons 2. changed to a yellowish color as by age, as old… …   English World dictionary

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  • Yellow — Yel low, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yellowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yellowing}.] To make yellow; to cause to have a yellow tinge or color; to dye yellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Yellow — Yel low, v. i. To become yellow or yellower. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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