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swarthy

[ swawr-th ee, -thee ]
/ ˈswɔr ði, -θi /
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adjective, swarth·i·er, swarth·i·est.

(of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark.

RELATED WORDS

black, brown, dark, dusky, tan, tawny, brunet, darkish, swart

Nearby words

swarm cell, swarm intelligence, swart, swarth, swarthout, swarthy, swartkrans ape-man, swartzite, swash, swash letter, swash plate

Origin of swarthy

1570–80; unexplained variant of obsolete swarty (swart + -y1)
Related formsswarth·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swarthy

swarthy

/ (ˈswɔːðɪ) /

adjective swarthier or swarthiest

dark-hued or dark-complexioned
Derived Formsswarthily, adverbswarthiness, noun

Word Origin for swarthy

C16: from obsolete swarty, from swart + -y 1
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Word Origin and History for swarthy

swarthy


adj.

1580s, unexplained alteration of swarty (1570s), from swart + -y (2).

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