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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Example sentences
He is a figure of medium height, dark-haired, swarthy.
But as taboo feelings of desire swell between the swarthy new lovers, their relationship is discovered.
Here his swarthy baritone is prodigious in scale and implausibly pliable.
The shining knight had died, and now the swarthy villain carried off his noble lady.
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