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swart

[swawrt]
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adjective
  1. swarthy.
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Origin of swart

before 900; Middle English; Old English sweart black, dark; cognate with German schwarz, Old Norse svartr, Gothic swarts; akin to Latin sordēs filth
Related formsswart·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swarter

swart

swarth (swɔːθ)

adjective
  1. archaic, or dialect swarthy
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Derived Formsswartness or swarthness, noun

Word Origin

Old English sweart; related to Old Frisian swart, Old Norse svartr, Old High German swarz black, Latin sordēs dirt; see sordid
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Word Origin and History for swarter

swart

adj.

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.

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