Hard to see through, as a fog or mist.
Gloomy, dark, dim.
Obscure, indistinct, cloudy.
From (etyl) swart, from (etyl) . Compare (l), (l).
Of a dark hue; moderately black; swarthy; tawny.
* 1400s:' , ''Hymns to the Virgin'' - Men schalle then sone se / Att mydday hytt shalle ' swarte be
* 1590', , ''The Faerie Queene'', Book 2 - A nation strange, with visage ' swart
* , III-i - Lame, foolish, crooked, swart , prodigious,
* 1819 , , Otho the Great , Act II, Scene I, verses 91-92
- I'll choose a gaoler, whose swart monstrous face
* 1836', , ''Old Ticonderoga'' - The merry soldiers footing it with the ' swart savage maids
(obsolete) Gloomy; malignant.
* 1906', , ''Time and the Gods'' - Suddenly the ' swart figure of Time stood up before the gods, with both hands dripping with blood and a red sword dangling idly from his fingers, and said: “Sardathrion is gone! I have overthrown it!”
- Shall be a hell to look upon […]
* Swart star, (Rare): the Dog Star -- so called from its appearing during the hot weather of summer, which makes swart the countenance.
* swarthy (< swarty)
Black or dark dyestuff; something of a certain swart; something of a certain ocker.
From (etyl) swarten, from (etyl) .
To make swart or tawny; as, to swart a living part; blacken; tan.
* 1646', , ''Pseudodoxia Epidemica'' - the heate of the Sun, whose fervor may ' swarte a living part, and even black a dead or dissolving flesh,
Variant of sward.
* 1587: Raphael Holinshed, Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland [http://www.archive.org/stream/holinshedschroni01holi#page/356/mode/1up]
- Howbeit where the rocks and quarrie grounds are, I take the swart of the earth to be so thin, that no tree of anie greatnesse, other than shrubs and bushes, is able to grow or prosper long therein for want of sufficient moisture wherewith to feed them with fresh humour, or at the leastwise of mould...