adjective, shad·i·er, shad·i·est.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for shady
adjective shadier or shadiest
Word Origin and History for shady
"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.'"