Definition of swarthy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈswôrT͟Hē/

adjective (swarthier, swarthiest)

Dark-skinned: she looked frail standing next to her strong and swarthy brother
More example sentences
  • All the men in the film are bullies, from the brutish pimp who looks like Hans Blofeld's overly plump brother to the swarthy, sweaty son who is supposed to woo the wench into a date with the acid bottle.
  • As in the Kennedy-Nixon debates, this one seemed to be more about style than substance; unlike Kennedy and Nixon, the swarthy guy in the ill-fitting suit seemed to get the upper hand.
  • We have lunch at a place called Christophe, which was opposite a working-class joint, where swarthy men sat behind a grill filled with roasting sausages.
dark-skinned, olive-skinned, dusky, tanned, saturnine, black
archaic swart



Pronunciation: /-T͟Həlē/
Example sentences
  • She slapped the insect against her side mightily, with a gesture like a very fat man swarthily admiring his own girth.
  • He was charming and swarthily handsome but equally jealous and controlling.
  • Just ahead of me in the checkout line was a really swarthily handsome young guy, perhaps Arab, dressed casually Western.


Pronunciation: /ˈswôrT͟Hēnəs/
Example sentences
  • A man, probably in his 70s, he has a swarthiness from what looked like a fading tan; jowlish, with heavy-lidded drooping eyes, a high forehead with a full head of dark brown hair brushed back and a cashmere overcoat casually slung like a cape over his just slightly stooped shoulders.
  • I smeared my face with Jolen creme bleach, trying to obliterate my swarthiness.


Late 16th century: alteration of obsolete swarty (see swart).

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Syllabification: swarth·y

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