Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling tallow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of tallow; resembling tallow; greasy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the properties of tallow.

Etymologies

tallow +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • About an early ancestor in the mid-19th century, she says, after imagining that his parents lived in poverty: "The mother sits tiredly at her spinning wheel with a hank of tallowy grayish wool while the father puts on his green felt hat with the little red feather and trudges over to the Rathaus to hear the latest bad news."

    Suzanne Berne's "Missing Lucile," reviewed by Carolyn See

  • Richard Evans has taken the 80-minute Canadian Association of Journalists debate about section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and pulled out his favourite eight minutes, basically eight minutes of me getting mad at Ian Fine, the tallowy senior counsel at the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

    Ezra Levant: June 2008 Archives

  • Reuter had already glided away, she was nowhere visible; a maitresse or teacher, the one who occupied the corresponding estrade to my own, alone remained to keep guard over me; she was a little in the shade, and, with my short sight, I could only see that she was of a thin bony figure and rather tallowy complexion, and that her attitude, as she sat, partook equally of listlessness and affectation.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • I guessed he must have weighed eleven score, he had a half-ruddy, half-tallowy face, brown hair, and rather thin whiskers.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • He was an immense man, weighing I should say at least eighteen stone, with brown hair, thinnish whiskers, half-ruddy, half-tallowy complexion, and dressed in a brown sporting coat, drab breeches, and yellow-topped boots — in every respect the exact image of the Wolverhampton gent or hog-merchant who had appeared to me in my dream at Llangollen, whilst asleep before the fire.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • I shall conclude this catalogue of London dainties, with that table-beer, guiltless of hops and malt, vapid and nauseous; much fitter to facilitate the operation of a vomit, than to quench thirst and promote digestion; the tallowy rancid mass, called butter, manufactured with candle grease and kitchen stuff; and their fresh eggs, imported from France and Scotland. —

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • While the soap wasn't the dainty colored and perfumed hard-milled stuff he'd been used to in the City, it was also a far cry from the tallowy blocks of harsh yellow stuff he'd gotten used to using at Idalia's.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • A hidden system, interesting, these tallowy secretions, glandular events of the body cosmos, small festers and eruptions, impacted fats, oils, salt and sweat, and how nearly scholarly the pleasures of extraction.

    THE BODY ARTIST

  • 'Ah, now you've given me something to sink my teeth into,' Harrison said, as he pulled back the tallowy skin on Junior Ruiz's chest.

    Black Blade

  • Hands were tugging at his sleeves, the faces all around him tallowy with terror and panic under the smearing of mud.

    The Silent Tower

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