adjective, shad·i·er, shad·i·est.
Origin of shady
Examples from the Web for shady
The relationships, and motivations of their chief participants, are as tangled and shady as you expect of the super-rich.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allison and Cole have lost a child, his family is shady, and his mother domineering.How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability|Tim Teeman|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dr. Edwards warns that Dawn is not acting out of the kindness of her heart—but then again, Dr. Edwards is shady as hell, too.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale|Melissa Leon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The old culture of the Party of Regions—its lack of transparency, the graft and the shady deal making—has returned.
Other shady practices include non-halal meat being marketed as halal.
Rosemary will grow from cuttings planted under glass in a shady spot.Gardening for the Million|Alfred Pink
The mean of two on the shady side of the creek gave 97 4/10 degrees.Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia|William John Wills
There were water-lilies in shady back-waters, and beautiful gardens sloping down to the water.Harding's luck|E. [Edith] Nesbit
Flower gardens and kitchen gardens stretched away into the magnificence of orange trees, shady avenues and fruitful plants.Historic Papers on the Causes of the Civil War|Mrs. Eugenia Dunlap Potts
It clothed itself in motley flesh, and passed through green meadows and shady forests.
adjective shadier or shadiest
"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.'"