yellow

Yellow is the color you'll see in a rainbow, right between orange and green. Yellow is the color of daffodils, lemons, and the traffic light that is supposed to make cars slow down.

The word yellow comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word that means "to shine." Sunflowers, egg yolks, and corn on the cob all share this bright color, and if you're asked to draw a picture of the sun, you're likely to grab a yellow crayon. The informal meaning of yellow, "cowardly," has been around since the 1850s, and may have originated in a Texas slur for Mexican soldiers, whose uniforms were yellow.

Primary Meanings of yellow

1.
nadjv
yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk
turn yellow
2.
adj
easily frightened
Full Definitions of yellow
1

n yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons

Synonyms:
yellowness
Types:
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canary, canary yellow
a moderate yellow with a greenish tinge
amber, gold
a deep yellow color
brownish yellow
a yellow color of low lightness with a brownish tinge
gamboge, lemon, lemon yellow, maize
a strong yellow color
old gold
a dark yellow
orange yellow, saffron
a shade of yellow tinged with orange
pale yellow, straw, wheat
a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
greenish yellow
a shade of yellow tinged with green
ocher, ochre
a moderate yellow-orange to orange color
Type of:
chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour
a color that has hue

adj of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk

Synonyms:
xanthous, yellowish
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

adj affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc

Synonyms:
icteric, jaundiced
unhealthy
not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

adj changed to a yellowish color by age

yellowed parchment”
Synonyms:
yellowed
old
of long duration; not new

v turn yellow

“The pages of the book began to yellow
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner
2

adj easily frightened

Synonyms:
chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow-bellied
cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

adj cowardly or treacherous

“"the little yellow stain of treason"-M.W.Straight”
“too yellow to stand and fight”
Synonyms:
dishonorable, dishonourable
lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor

adj typical of tabloids

yellow press”
Synonyms:
scandalmongering, sensationalistic
sensational
causing intense interest, curiosity, or emotion

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