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swarthy

[ swawr-thee, -thee ]
/ ˈswɔr ði, -θi /
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adjective, swarth·i·er, swarth·i·est.
(of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark.
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Origin of swarthy

First recorded in 1570–80; unexplained variant of obsolete swarty (swart + -y1)

OTHER WORDS FROM swarthy

swarth·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swarthy

swarthy
/ (ˈswɔːðɪ) /

adjective swarthier or swarthiest
dark-hued or dark-complexioned

Derived forms of swarthy

swarthily, adverbswarthiness, noun

Word Origin for swarthy

C16: from obsolete swarty, from swart + -y 1
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