Complete Definition of "swart"

English

Etymology 1
See sward. The 1913 Webster attributes this to w:Raphael Holinshed|Holinshead, but this still needs to be verified.

Noun
en-noun|-

  1. obsolete spelling of|sward

Etymology 2
From OE. sweart. Cognate with Dutch zwart, German schwartz, Icelandic svartur, Swedish svart, Danish sort; probably related to Latin sordes dirt, sordere to be dirty. Compare sordid, surd.

Adjective
en-adj|er

  1. Of a dark hue; moderately black; swarthy; tawny.

#*1400s: w:Thomas Occleve|Thomas Occleve, Hymns to the Virgin - Men schalle then sone se / Att mydday hytt shalle swarte be
#*1590: w:Edmund Spenser|Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book 2 - A nation strange, with visage swart
#*RQ:Shakespeare John, III-i - Lame, foolish, crooked, swart, prodigious,
#*1836: w:Nathaniel Hawthorne|Nathaniel Hawthorne, Old Ticonderoga - The merry soldiers footing it with the swart savage maids

  1. obsolete Gloomy; malignant.

Derived terms
Swart star, (Rare): the Dog Star -- so called from its appearing during the hot weather of summer, which makes swart the countenance.

Transitive verb
rfc-trverb|Transitive verb
en-verb

  1. To make swart or tawny; as, to swart a living part.

#*1646: w:Thomas Browne|Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica - the heate of the Sun, whose fervor may swarte a living part, and even black a dead or dissolving flesh,

References
R:Webster 1913
R:Century 1914


Frisian

Noun
swart

  1. black

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