American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a dark complexion or color.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dark; tawny; swart.
- To blacken; make swarthy or swart.
- adj. tawny, dusky, dark
- adj. dark-skinned
- adj. nonstandard evil, malicious
- adj. nonstandard weathered, rough
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Being of a dark hue or dusky complexion; tawny; swart.
- v. obsolete To make swarthy.
- adj. naturally having skin of a dark color
- Alteration of swarty, from swart + -y, Old English sweart, "black". (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of swarty, from swart. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lean could go either way, it makes sense describing a magazine or a human, but swarthy is a word that has sexual connotations and creates a spark of juxtaposition when placed next to periodicals, injecting an almost comedic element to the opening.”
“The number of purely white People in the World is proportionally very small…in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are Germans also, the Saxons only accepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth.”
“And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth.”
“The people are thus far nearly white in the colour of their skin, but in the more southerly of the three regions above defined, with a mixture of brown, or of the complexion of brunettes, or such as we term swarthy or sallow persons.”
“Once again, as in the case of a woman found guilty by a bank teller of depositing a small cheque, the swarthy are at special risk.”
“The four classes are thralls (slaves who are described as swarthy, twisted, and ugly), karls (freeman farmers, described as strong and ruddy, of red hair and complexion), jarls (earls, described as fair of skin and complexion), and the kings (even fairer than the jarls).”
“We can call the swarthy man in the commercial Walid Ibn Horton.”
“Standing upon the lonely sea shore, Uriah recalled the swarthy, leering face of Sam Jones, recently punished for infraction of discipline, and the crooked smile of Martin, he who puffed everlastingly at his pipe and wore a red handkerchief for a turban and earrings of heavy gold.”
“Swart star: the Dogstar, called swarthy because its heliacal rising in ancient times occurred soon after midsummer.”
“They wake the slumbering bride long before Don Miguel calls his swarthy retainers to the day's march.”
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