Definition of swarthy
: of a dark color, complexion, or cast
Examples of swarthy in a Sentence
a dark-eyed, swarthy young man with killer looks
Recent Examples of swarthy from the Web
A swarthy man with smooth dark hair was sitting in a red leather armchair with a copy of the Financial Times and a cup of tea.
Alternative for Germany placards, torn and strewn on the street, show grinning, swarthy men clutching handfuls of euros.
If 24: Legacy wanted to avoid images that might stoke Islamophobic feelings among its viewers, then a brutal home invasion by swarthy men with thick accents was, perhaps, not the way to go.
The dual meaning, however, seemed lost on the Okura’s concierge, whose rigorous training hadn’t prepared her to counsel swarthy, disreputable-seeming, late-arriving foreigners in search of evolved accommodation.
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Origin and Etymology of swarthy
alteration of obsolete swarty, from swart
First Known Use: 1587See Words from the same year
SWARTHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of swarthy for English Language Learners
: having dark skin
SWARTHY Defined for Kids
Definition of swarthy for Students
: having a dark complexion
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