Origin of shadowed
- the representation of the absence of light on a form.
- the dark part of a picture, especially as representing the absence of illumination: Rembrandt's figures often emerge gradually from the shadows.
verb (used with object)
Origin of shadow
Related Words for shadoweddim, obscure, overshadow, stalk, gray, bedim, darken, shield, shelter, screen, overcast, adumbrate, umbrage, haze, overhang, shade, becloud, veil, cloud, overcloud
Examples from the Web for shadowed
Contemporary Examples of shadowed
Jacobs leaked a photo to Instagram, which featued a shadowed close-up of Lange's gorgeous face.Versace Sells Minority Stake; Jessica Lange Fronts Marc Jacobs Beauty Campaign
The Fashion Beast Team
February 27, 2014
I shadowed at a facility and also spent time doing online research.Brie Larson On ‘Short Term 12,’ One of the Year’s Best Films
August 25, 2013
Sadly, the internal strife onscreen was shadowed by turmoil offscreen.Spartacus Hero Liam McIntyre’s Unlikely Rise into the Role
January 27, 2012
Her bangs hung loosely around her slack face and shadowed her eyes.Mom or Murderer?
May 18, 2011
Have you ever assisted or shadowed someone as your character does in Buck Howard?Hanks Meets Fonda
March 25, 2009
Historical Examples of shadowed
"I'm afraid not," she said, with a smile of shadowed sadness.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I did not recognise my eyes, accustomed as I was to see them shadowed by my hair.My Double Life
Leave them as part of a cruel, evil, shadowed time, which must be put behind us.The Law-Breakers
His life was shadowed by suspicions of his wife, with whom he constantly quarrelled.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
There were thousands like her because of their shadowed inheritance.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
Word Origin for shadow
Old English sceadwe, sceaduwe "the effect of interception of sunlight, dark image cast by someone or something when interposed between an object and a source of light," oblique cases ("to the," "from the," "of the," "in the") of sceadu (see shade (n.)). Shadow is to shade (n.) as meadow is to mead (n.2). Cf. Old Saxon skado, Middle Dutch schaeduwe, Dutch schaduw, Old High German scato, German schatten, Gothic skadus "shadow, shade."
From mid-13c. as "darkened area created by shadows, shade." From early 13c. in sense "anything unreal;" mid-14c. as "a ghost;" late 14c. as "a foreshadowing, prefiguration." Meaning "imitation, copy" is from 1690s. Sense of "the faintest trace" is from 1580s; that of "a spy who follows" is from 1859.
As a designation of members of an opposition party chosen as counterparts of the government in power, it is recorded from 1906. Shadow of Death (c.1200) translates Vulgate umbra mortis (Ps. xxiii:4, etc.), which itself translates Greek skia thanatou, perhaps a mistranslation of a Hebrew word for "intense darkness." In "Beowulf," Gendel is a sceadugenga, a shadow-goer, and another word for "darkness" is sceaduhelm. To be afraid of one's (own) shadow "be very timorous" is from 1580s.
Middle English schadowen, Kentish ssedwi, from late Old English sceadwian "to protect as with covering wings" (cf. also overshadow), from the root of shadow (n.). Cf. Old Saxon skadoian, Dutch schaduwen, Old High German scatewen, German (über)schatten. From mid-14c. as "provide shade;" late 14c. as "cast a shadow over" (literal and figurative), from early 15c. as "darken" (in illustration, etc.). Meaning "to follow like a shadow" is from c.1600 in an isolated instance; not attested again until 1872. Related: Shadowed; shadowing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shadow
- shadow of one's self
- afraid of one's own shadow
- beyond a (shadow of a) doubt