swarthy

[ swawr-th ee, -thee ]
/ ˈswɔr ði, -θi /

adjective, swarth·i·er, swarth·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. swarm cell,
  2. swarm intelligence,
  3. swart,
  4. swarth,
  5. swarthout,
  6. swartkrans ape-man,
  7. swartzite,
  8. swash,
  9. swash letter,
  10. 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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