Definition of yellow man in English:

yellow man

Pronunciation /ˈjɛləʊ man/


  • 1 historical, offensive A person with yellow or yellowish skin or complexion; specifically a person of South-East or East Asian (especially Chinese or Japanese) ethnic origin.

  • 2Irish A brittle confection similar to honeycomb, having a yellow or golden colour and typically made by boiling together brown sugar, golden syrup, butter, and vinegar, before adding bicarbonate of soda.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Freneau (1752–1832), revolutionary poet and journalist in America. From yellow + man.