Swarty
Swarty Swart"y, a. Swarthy; tawny. [Obs.] --Burton. [1913 Webster]

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  • swarty — swartˈy adjective (obsolete) • • • Main Entry: ↑swart …   Useful english dictionary

  • swarthy — adjective (swarthier; est) Etymology: alteration of obsolete swarty, from swart Date: 1587 of a dark color, complexion, or cast • swarthiness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swarthy — swarthiness, n. /swawr dhee, thee/, adj., swarthier, swarthiest. (of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark. [1570 80; unexplained var. of obs. swarty (SWART + Y1)] * * * …   Universalium

  • Colby — This interesting surname is locational from Colby , a place in Norfolk and Westmorland, and Coleby in Lincolnshire, so called from the Old Norse personal name, Koli , a byname for a person of swarty appearance, from kol (char) coal, and the Old… …   Surnames reference

  • Coleby — This interesting surname is locational from Colby , a place in Norfolk and Westmorland, and Coleby in Lincolnshire, so called from the Old Norse personal name, Koli , a byname for a person of swarty appearance, from kol (char) coal, and the Old… …   Surnames reference

  • swarthy — swar|thy [ˈswo:ði US o:r ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: swarty swarthy (16 19 centuries), from swart dark, swarthy (11 20 centuries), from Old English sweart] someone who is swarthy has dark skin ▪ a small, swarthy man ▪ a swarthy complexion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • swarthy — [16] Old English sweart meant ‘black’. It came from a prehistoric Germanic *swartaz, swashbuckle 492 which also produced German schwarz, Dutch zwart, Swedish svart, and Danish sort, and may go back ultimately to the same Indo European base as… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • swarthy — 1580s, unexplained alteration of swarty (1570s), from SWART (Cf. swart) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • swarthy — adjective (swarthier, swarthiest) dark complexioned. Derivatives swarthily adverb swarthiness noun Origin C16: alt. of obs. swarty (from swart) …   English new terms dictionary

  • swarthy — swarth•y [[t]ˈswɔr ði, θi[/t]] adj. swarth•i•er, swarth•i•est (of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark or darkish • Etymology: 1570–80; unexplained var. of obs. swarty (swart+ y I) swarth′i•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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