Origin of swart
- Charles Rob·berts [rob-erts] /ˈrɒb ərts/, 1894–1982, South African statesman: president 1961–67.
Examples from the Web for swart
"P'raps I don't," said the swart man; and lapsed into a fuming silence.Tales of Space and Time
Herbert George Wells
Her hair was silvery, and contrasted strangely with her swart face.A Coin of Edward VII
All,” answered Swart, “save the few fighting men that gained the fells.Erling the Bold
"Time is done," said Swart Piet, replacing the watch in his pocket.
She has escaped from Swart Piet and is unharmed, but a prisoner among the Kaffirs.
- archaic, or dialect swarthy
Word Origin and History for swart
Old English sweart "black," from Proto-Germanic *swartaz (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch swart, Old Norse svartr, German schwarz, Gothic swarts "dark-colored, black"), from PIE root *swordo- "dirty, dark, black" (source of sordid). The true Germanic word for "black," surviving in the Continental languages.