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swarthy

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adjective swar·thy \ˈswȯr-thē, -thē\

Simple Definition of swarthy

  • : having dark skin

Full Definition of swarthy

swar·thi·erswar·thi·est

  1. :  of a dark color, complexion, or cast

swar·thi·ness noun

Examples of swarthy

  1. <a dark-eyed, swarthy young man with killer looks>



Origin of swarthy

alteration of obsolete swarty, from swart


First Known Use: 1587


SWARTHY Defined for Kids

swarthy

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adjective swar·thy \ˈswȯr-thē, -thē\

Definition of swarthy

swar·thi·erswar·thi·est

  1. :  having a dark complexion





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