swarthy


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swarth·y

 (swôr′thē)
adj. swarth·i·er, swarth·i·est
Having a dark complexion or color.

[Alteration of swarty, from swart.]

swarth′i·ly adv.
swarth′i·ness n.

swarthy

(ˈswɔːðɪ)
adj, swarthier or swarthiest
dark-hued or dark-complexioned. Also (rare or obsolete): swarty
[C16: from obsolete swarty, from swart + -y1]
ˈswarthily adv
ˈswarthiness n

swarth•y

(ˈswɔr ði, -θi)

adj. swarth•i•er, swarth•i•est.
(of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark or darkish.
[1570–80; unexplained variant of obsolete swarty (swart + -y1)]
swarth′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.swarthy - naturally having skin of a dark color; "a dark-skinned beauty"; "gold earrings gleamed against her dusky cheeks"; "a smile on his swarthy face"; "`swart' is archaic"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
brunet, brunette - marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes; "a brunette beauty"

swarthy

adjective dark-skinned, black, brown, dark, tawny, dusky, swart (archaic), dark-complexioned He had a broad swarthy face.

swarthy

adjective
Of a complexion tending toward brown or black:
Translations

swarthy

[ˈswɔːðɪ] ADJ (swarthier (compar) (swarthiest (superl))) → moreno

swarthy

adj (+er) skindunkel; person alsodunkelhäutig

swarthy

[ˈswɔːðɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (person) → di carnagione scura; (skin) → scuro/a
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Swarthy boys and dark-eyed Madonnas, staring at you from one corner of the studio, suggested Murillo.
The colors of the war-paint had blended in dark confusion about his fierce countenance, and rendered his swarthy lineaments still more savage and repulsive than if art had attempted an effect which had been thus produced by chance.
And there is still the swarthy whiteness,--we shall venture to marry these ill-agreeing words,--the swarthy whiteness of Judge Pyncheon's face.
His deep chest heaved as with a ground-swell; his tossed arms seemed the warring elements at work; and the thunders that rolled away from off his swarthy brow, and the light leaping from his eye, made all his simple hearers look on him with a quick fear that was strange to them.
George stood out in fair sight, on the top of the rock, as he made his declaration of independence; the glow of dawn gave a flush to his swarthy cheek, and bitter indignation and despair gave fire to his dark eye; and, as if appealing from man to the justice of God, he raised his hand to heaven as he spoke.
They would have given anything to have that swarthy sun- tanned skin of his, and his glittering notoriety; and Tom would not have parted with either for a circus.
His dark eyes and swarthy skin and Paynim features suited the costume exactly: he looked the very model of an Eastern emir, an agent or a victim of the bowstring.
The mender of roads, blue cap in hand, wiped his swarthy forehead with it, and said, "Where shall I commence, monsieur?
There were pears and apples, clustered high in blooming pyramids; there were bunches of grapes, made, in the shopkeepers' benevolence to dangle from conspicuous hooks, that people's mouths might water gratis as they passed; there were piles of filberts, mossy and brown, recalling, in their fragrance, ancient walks among the woods, and pleasant shufflings ankle deep through withered leaves; there were Norfolk Biffins, squab and swarthy, setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons, and, in the great compactness of their juicy persons, urgently entreating and beseeching to be carried home in paper bags and eaten after dinner.
He was a broadshouldered loose-limbed swarthy fellow of great strength, never in a hurry, and always slouching.
Moreover, he had a swarthy foreignness of complexion which boded little honesty.
The whole appearance of this warrior and his retinue was wild and outlandish; the dress of his squires was gorgeous, and his Eastern attendants wore silver collars round their throats, and bracelets of the same metal upon their swarthy arms and legs, of which the former were naked from the elbow, and the latter from mid-leg to ankle.