Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a dark complexion or color.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To blacken; make swarthy or swart.
  • Dark; tawny; swart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To make swarthy.
  • adjective Being of a dark hue or dusky complexion; tawny; swart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective tawny, dusky, dark
  • adjective dark-skinned
  • adjective nonstandard evil, malicious
  • adjective nonstandard weathered, rough

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective naturally having skin of a dark color

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of swarty, from swart.]

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Alteration of swarty, from swart +‎ -y, Old English sweart, "black".

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