swarthy

adjective
swar·thy | \ ˈswȯr-t͟hē , -thē \
swarthier; swarthiest

Definition of swarthy 

: of a dark color, complexion, or cast

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Other words from swarthy

swarthiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for swarthy

Synonyms

brunet (or brunette), dark

Antonyms

light

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Examples of swarthy in a Sentence

a dark-eyed, swarthy young man with killer looks

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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 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 Across South Florida, anyone who vaguely resembled the swarthy killer came under suspicion — in heavily Hispanic Miami, that was pretty much everyone. David Ovalle And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "After 20 years, the spectacle of the Versace murder still intrigues and baffles," 14 July 2017 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. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "Signal," 26 Mar. 2017 Alternative for Germany placards, torn and strewn on the street, show grinning, swarthy men clutching handfuls of euros. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "How a Sleepy German Suburb Explains Europe’s Rising Far-Right Movements," 20 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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swarthy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of swarthy

: having dark skin

swarthy

adjective
swar·thy | \ ˈswȯr-t͟hē , -thē \
swarthier; swarthiest

Kids Definition of swarthy

: having a dark complexion

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