swar·​thy | \ ˈswȯr-t͟hē How to pronounce swarthy (audio) , -thē \
swarthier; swarthiest

Definition of swarthy

: of a dark color, complexion, or cast

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swarthiness noun

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Examples of swarthy in a Sentence

a dark-eyed, swarthy young man with killer looks
Recent Examples on the Web Trendsetter that Turner was, the summer of 1946 saw a run on swarthy boy toys. Jennifer Crittenden, The New Yorker, "The Path-Less-Travelled Hollywood Cemetery Tour," 11 Jan. 2020 For those accustomed to traditional Sunday school portraits of Jesus, the sculpture of the dark and swarthy Middle Eastern man that emerges from Neave's laboratory is a reminder of the roots of their faith. Mike Fillon, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Face Of Jesus," 1 Dec. 2019 The addition of a swarthy square or two to a sauce or gravy can transform a braise, chili, stew or pie filling into a dish of intrigue, like an unseen hand working culinary magic in the pan. Sue Quinn, Washington Post, "Go ahead, have chocolate for dinner: Why you should cook with it, and not just dessert," 4 Oct. 2019 Take that, Indiana Jones, whose foes always seemed to be swarthier than his allies. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "From ‘Aladdin’ to Galaxy’s Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture," 14 June 2019 Times vary with the tides, but head out for a spot of wadlopen - walking on the mud-flats at low-tide, with a swarthy local 'ranger' to learn about the ecology of this unique ecosystem, to forage for wild oysters, and to enjoy the unusual vistas. Jack Dancy, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Europe," 5 Oct. 2016 The wicked irony is that McBurney, who prides himself on his virility and swarthy looks, is confined to a traditionally feminine role in tending the garden. Amandas Ong, The Atlantic, "Why Pop Culture Links Women and Killer Plants," 17 Apr. 2018 Dominic West plays Lara’s late father (a role originated by Jolie’s actual father, Jon Voight), who appears as a swarthy adventurer-type who dies under mysterious circumstances. Vogue, "In the New Tomb Raider Trailer, Alicia Vikander Takes On Lara Croft’s Origin Story," 20 Sep. 2017 At a press conference, a swarthy member of the fourth estate launches into a fiery Bolshevik speech about the unemployed, but Hammond rejects pleas for presidential action. Thomas Doherty, Slate Magazine, "When Fascist Heroes Took Over the Movies," 30 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of swarthy

1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swarthy

alteration of obsolete swarty, from swart

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The first known use of swarthy was in 1587

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24 Jan 2020

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“Swarthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swarthiest. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swarthy

: having dark skin


swar·​thy | \ ˈswȯr-t͟hē How to pronounce swarthy (audio) , -thē \
swarthier; swarthiest

Kids Definition of swarthy

: having a dark complexion

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