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swarthy

[swawr-th ee, -thee] /ˈswɔr ði, -θi/
adjective, swarthier, swarthiest.
1.
(of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; unexplained variant of obsolete swarty (swart + -y1)
Related forms
swarthiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swarthiness

swarthy

/ˈswɔːðɪ/
adjective swarthier, swarthiest
1.
dark-hued or dark-complexioned
Derived Forms
swarthily, adverb
swarthiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete swarty, from swart + -y1
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Word Origin and History for swarthiness

swarthy

adj.

1580s, unexplained alteration of swarty (1570s), from swart + -y (2).

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