Definition of swarthy in English:



  • Dark-complexioned.

    ‘swarthy men with gleaming teeth’
    • ‘Tough, swarthy men milled about with bales and ropes.’
    • ‘Awnings shade raucous vegetable sellers while swarthy men with wooden carts hawk pomegranates, dates and mangoes.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of people now live and work in Docklands, rather more yuppie financial types than the swarthy dockers of old.’
    • ‘The swarthy figure jogging through the centre of Amsterdam might only have been vaguely familiar last week had it not been for the slightly grubby Hearts training top he was wearing.’
    • ‘A plain child with swarthy features, she would turn into an auburn-haired beauty with dimples, large blue eyes and long, slim legs.’
    • ‘Many may believe that once we have them, policemen will stop swarthy characters on street corners and promptly deport those who have no right to remain.’
    • ‘Police said the man had a swarthy complexion, was generally unkempt, around 5ft 10 in tall and slim.’
    • ‘One only need to walk down King William Street to see mobs of swarthy young men in expensive leather jackets using the very latest mobile phones.’
    • ‘The people of Nwhagen have skin ranging from swarthy to dark olive in color.’
    • ‘Perrault's ‘Bluebeard’ is the story of a rich, middle-aged gentleman, named for his swarthy chin and saturnine manner, who marries a young woman.’
    • ‘All this makes European football look like one of those dingy dive bars where a dozen or so swarthy, unshaven toughs chase two or three belles.’
    • ‘His swarthy good looks - and rising income - were considered a hot ticket by any number of beautiful young women.’
    • ‘Depending on the waters mood you might have a calm dark sea or a swarthy raging waves in the middle of a storm and it looks so realistic.’
    • ‘A number of swarthy men in bizarre dark glasses had taken over the fishing activity.’
    • ‘My maternal grandfather came from North Wales, and judging by the swarthy skins he bequeathed to his children, the Spaniards from the scattered Spanish Armada had some responsibility there.’
    • ‘But the swarthy Greek waiter with the snake hips and the cheesy chat-up lines has suddenly turned into the man of your dreams.’
    • ‘Every slightly swarthy man who emerged from the arrivals gate got his picture taken.’
    • ‘She is brought coral and pearls in a conch by a young negress whose dark skin distracts attention from her own swarthy Breton complexion.’
    • ‘The swarthy Australian bustled into the box and lashed the ball urgently past Roy, the last, florid statement in what had become a hollow argument.’
    • ‘He was Edward Rose, a swarthy man with black, Cherokee, and white blood in his veins.’
    dark, dark-coloured, dark-skinned, dark-complexioned, dusky, tanned, black, saturnine, olive-skinned
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Late 16th century: alteration of obsolete swarty (see swart).