Definition of swarthy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈswɔːði//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɔːrði//
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(especially of a person or their face) having dark skin a swarthy complexion See related entries: Skin Word Origin late 16th cent.: alteration of obsolete swarty from Old English sweart, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwart and German schwarz.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swarthy