[ shey-dee ]
/ ˈʃeɪ di /

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.

Idioms for shady

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM shady Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shadiness

  • There was a difference of opinion among a lot of the men at lunch as to the shadiness or not of some transaction.

    A Secret of the Lebombo|Bertram Mitford
  • I feel gratefully the coolness and shadiness and quiet of the room.

    The Moonstone|Wilkie Collins
  • When I took them to my room to wash their hands they sighed with pleasure at its shadiness and quiet.

    In the Mountains|Elizabeth von Arnim

British Dictionary definitions for shadiness

/ (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 forms of shady

shadily, adverbshadiness, noun
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