swarthiness

swarthy

[swawr-thee, -thee]
adjective, swarthier, swarthiest.
(of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark.

Origin:
1570–80; unexplained variant of obsolete swarty (swart + -y1)

swarthiness, noun
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swarthy (ˈswɔːðɪ)
 
adj , swarthier, swarthiest
dark-hued or dark-complexioned
 
[C16: from obsolete swarty, from swart + -y1]
 
'swarthily
 
adv
 
'swarthiness
 
n

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swarthy
1581, unexplained alteration of swarty (1572), from swart.
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