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
References in classic literature ?
Here, where the mimic eagle glared in gold, A midnight vigil holds the swarthy bat
When the firelight again illuminated the room there was seen, sitting gingerly on the edge of a stool by the hearthside, a swarthy little man of prepossessing appearance and dressed with faultless taste, nodding to the old man with a friendly and engaging smile.
Time and again some swarthy horseman threw hands above his head and toppled from his saddle, pierced by a deadly arrow; but the contest was uneven.
As she turned about to call this to him she was somewhat surprised to see that he was wheeling the carriage rapidly toward the corner, and at the same time she saw the door of the taxicab open and a swarthy face framed for a moment in the aperture.
Then, with a shout of triumph, the chief, a swarthy, thick-set man of herculean strength, recognised Francis and sprang upon him.
He was a big, swarthy Netherlander, with black moustaches and a bold glance.
Some swarthy men and women were really entering from the cold outside and saying something in their gypsy accents.
For when Zarathustra scrutinised him with his glance he was frightened as by a sudden apparition, so slender, swarthy, hollow and worn-out did this follower appear.
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.
He had an almost swarthy complexion, with full lips, badly moulded, though red and smooth, above which was a well-groomed black moustache with curled points, though his age could not be more than three-or four-and-twenty.
In heavy clusters they hung upon the forecastle all ready for a spring-faces white, faces brown, faces yellow, and faces black, fair Norsemen, swarthy Italians, fierce rovers from the Levant, and fiery Moors from the Barbary States, of all hues and countries, and marked solely by the common stamp of a wild-beast ferocity.
Perrault was a French-Canadian, and swarthy; but Francois was a French-Canadian half-breed, and twice as swarthy.