shady

[ shey-dee ]
/ ˈʃeɪ di /
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adjective, shad·i·er, shad·i·est.

abounding in shade; shaded: shady paths.
giving shade: a shady tree.
shadowy; indistinct; spectral.
of dubious character; rather disreputable: shady dealings.

Nearby words

  1. shadowy,
  2. shadrach,
  3. shaduf,
  4. shadwell,
  5. shadwell, thomas,
  6. shaef,
  7. shaffer,
  8. shafi'i,
  9. shafiʿi,
  10. shaft

Idioms

    on the shady side of, Informal. beyond (the specified age); more than: on the shady side of 40.

Origin of shady

First recorded in 1570–80; shade + -y1

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for shadily

shady

/ (ˈʃeɪdɪ) /

adjective shadier or shadiest

full of shade; shaded
affording or casting a shade
dim, quiet, or concealed
informal dubious or questionable as to honesty or legality
Derived Formsshadily, adverbshadiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for shadily

shady

adj.

"affording shade," 1570s; "protected by shade," 1590s; from shade (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "disreputable" (1862) probably is from earlier university slang sense of "of questionable merit, unreliable" (1848). Related: Shadily; shadiness. Old English had sceadlic "shady, 'shadely.'"

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