swarthy

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Etymology[edit]

Alteration of swarty, from swart +‎ -y, Old English sweart, "black".

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Adjective[edit]

swarthy (comparative swarthier, superlative swarthiest)

  1. tawny, dusky, dark
  2. dark-skinned
    • Addison
      Their swarthy hosts would darken all our plains.
  3. (nonstandard) evil, malicious
  4. (nonstandard) weathered, rough

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