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 The whole thing is amazing, extra tall, very attractive, swarthy, big smile, wearing a cute outfit. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 28 Nov. 2021 As Patrizia, swilling martinis, grows more acquisitive, more stoked to assert control over the company, Lady Gaga narrows her features, letting a swarthy ferocity burn through them. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 Mexicans became useful villains, historians say: swarthy, dangerous antagonists to fairer heroines or heroes, through a range of negative stereotyping. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 Serge, a Roman nose and swarthy menace, eyes seductive and haunted, Lord Byron crooning lewd chansons. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Here are 13 films that illustrate his range, durability and swarthy magnetism. Scott Tobias, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2020 In the prisoners dock, aggressive blonde German officers sat beside anemic, swarthy, turbaned Hindus and plain American businessmen. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, 6 Mar. 2020 Trendsetter that Turner was, the summer of 1946 saw a run on swarthy boy toys. Jennifer Crittenden, The New Yorker, 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, 1 Dec. 2019

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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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“Swarthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swarthy. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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