Tallow-face

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tallow-face One who has a sickly, pale complexion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tallow-face a yellow pasty-faced person
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. talgh, talch; Low Ger. talq, Ice. tólgr, tólg.

Usage

In literature:

It was the tallow-faced man, wanting two fingers, who had come first to the Admiral Benbow.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But I saw his face at that moment in the light of a small tallow dip, and in it was none of the confidence that was in his voice.
"The Jacket (The Star-Rover)" by Jack London
Face glistering tallow under her fustian shawl.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Why, you are a poor pale tallow-candle, without a bit of colour in your face.
"Love and Life" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Look lively now, you tallow-faced crawlers.
"An Outback Marriage" by Andrew Barton Paterson
Mason was kneeling in front of the "face" digging away by the light of a tallow candle stuck in the side.
"While the Billy Boils" by Henry Lawson
To-day he placed the tallow and bran before Kazan, and the smile in his face gave way to a look of perplexity.
"Kazan" by James Oliver Curwood
D'you think any one will have luck with your tallow face within a mile of him?
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
He sat low in his chair, and the dismal rays of the solitary tallow candle cast deep shadows on his thoughtful face.
"A Roman Singer" by F. Marion Crawford
Mr. Crowe, as he held his tallow candle up to his client's face, looked as if he didn't like it.
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
They all seem'd as if they wanted sendin aght to grass, for ther faces wor th' color ov a lot o' tallow craps.
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
The boy was faster than ever, and as Jack Jeens held a guttering tallow candle over the sleeper's face, "Poor little chap," he said, smiling.
"The Powder Monkey" by George Manville Fenn
His French-Canadian face was tallow white, as he tore into the cave, grinning like a dog with rage and excitement.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
It sputtered and a tiny globule of hot tallow struck his face.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
His ill-colored face went a shade nearer the yellow white of tallow.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
In private cold, my face burns a tallow white, toes flake in frostbite or erode every sensation.
"Eyeshine" by Paul Cameron Brown
Which flighty bird eloped with you an' that tallow-faced Doctor.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
I feel like crying out on her like old Capulet: 'Out, you tallow-face!
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The tallow-faced youth and two or three others stood by watching the proceedings.
"Hoosier Mosaics" by Maurice Thompson
Goes around with his hair all mutton-tallowed down an' a face that's pasty as a fish's belly.
"The Lone Ranger Rides" by Fran Striker
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In poetry:

Oh! if I could, how I would maul
His tallow face and wainscot paws,
His beetle-brows and eyes of wall,
And make him soon give up the cause.
"Lady Acheson Weary Of The Dean" by Jonathan Swift
Them, the young men who watch us from the curbs:
They hold the glaze of wonder in their stare-
Our crooked backs, hands fetid as old herbs,
The tallow eyes, wax face, the foreign hair!
"To The Lacedemonians" by Allen Tate