Word Origin 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. on the shady side of, . Informal beyond (the specified age); more than: on the shady side of 40. Origin of shady
First recorded in
-y 1 Related forms shad·i·ly, adverb shad·i·ness, noun un·shad·i·ly, adverb un·shad·i·ness, noun un·shad·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shadily 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 Forms shadily, adverb shadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shadily 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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