Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a sickly complexion; pale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a face resembling tallow in color; pale or pasty in complexion.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • “Who is that tallow-faced Put with the carroty hair?” says Jack Morris, on whom the Burgundy had had its due effect.

    The Virginians

  • Alas, poor tallow-faced Chandlers, I met them mourning through the streets, and complaining that they could get no vent for their Mustard, for want of Brawn.

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • "Which there's a little tallow-faced runt in perspective," he says, climbing down the stays, "that I can lick," he says, being misled by my size.

    The Belted Seas

  • It was the tallow-faced man, wanting two fingers, who had come first to the Admiral Benbow.

    Treasure Island

  • It was the tallow-faced man, wanting two fingers, who had come first to the "Admiral Benbow."

    Treasure Island

  • The youth was a tall, tallow-faced individual, who looked as if he had not the spirit of a mouse; the horse was quickly hitched to the carriage and he drove off with Maurice.

    The Downfall

  • But there were numbers of people passing along the thoroughfares -- mostly groups of young men of about two-and-twenty, tallow-faced, round-shouldered, wearing over-coats and billycock hats, and smoking short pipes; and there were crowded omnibuses coming rolling along (what a difference was this roar and rabble from the quiet of the Sabbath morning far away there on the northern coast!), and these people must live somewhere.

    The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols

  • Hark! the tallow-faced monsters, nor women nor boys,

    The Complete Works of Whittier

  • "Who is that tallow-faced Put with the carroty hair?" says Jack Morris, on whom the Burgundy had had its due effect.

    The Virginians

  • To take an 'use a woman like that there -- a nasty, cowardly, sneakin,' ugly, tallow-faced beast! "

    M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."

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