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shadowy

[shad-oh-ee] /ˈʃæd oʊ i/
adjective, shadowier, shadowiest.
1.
resembling a shadow in faintness, slightness, etc.:
shadowy outlines.
2.
unsubstantial, unreal, or illusory:
shadowy preoccupations.
3.
abounding in shadow; shady:
a shadowy path.
4.
enveloped in shadow.
5.
casting a shadow.
Origin of shadowy
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, shadowy is from the Middle English word shadewy. See shadow, -y1
Related forms
shadowiness, noun
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Examples from the Web for shadowy
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  • He had got a dangerous game to play, and his plans were vague and shadowy.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • He hesitated on the pavement, his eyes searching the shadowy balcony.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The Princess and her women lost themselves in the shadowy wood.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • From the woods there emerged the shadowy forms of three men.

  • And in the low bushes could be discerned the lurking, furtive, shadowy jackals.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for shadowy

shadowy

/ˈʃædəʊɪ/
adjective
1.
full of shadows; dark; shady
2.
resembling a shadow in faintness; vague
3.
illusory or imaginary
4.
mysterious or secretive: a shadowy underworld figure
Derived Forms
shadowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shadowy
adj.

late 14c., shadewy, "full of shadows," also "transitory, fleeting, unreal;" see shadow (n.) + -y (2). From 1797 as "faintly perceptible." Related: Shadowiness. Old English had sceadwig "shady."

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