Definition of shady in English:

shady

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪdi
 
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adjective (shadier, shadiest)

1Situated in or full of shade: shady woods
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  • Nick emerged from the shady inn into bright sunlight, blinking as his eyes adjusted.
  • Plant Hydrangea petiolaris in a large shady area as ground cover and encourage it to sprawl, not climb.
  • It brings the feel of sunlight into a shady spot.
Synonyms
1.1Giving shade from sunlight: they sprawled under a shady carob tree
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  • The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
  • Ivaric raced down to the stables, shouted at a groom to saddle his grey horse Maila, and smiled as he saw his father sitting in a shady arbour at one end of the courtyard, looking thoughtful.
  • The garden had always been cool, shady and inviting.
2 informal Of doubtful honesty or legality: he was involved in his grandmother’s shady deals
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  • This belongs to the secret world of state-to-state relations, with all their intrigues, shady deals and questionable trade-offs, which most governments hide from their citizens.
  • Because she did not suspect a shady deal was brewing, when she found out the loan was approved, she signed on the dotted line.
  • He walked into the debriefing room and was greeted by General Li, a suspicious and shady character.
Synonyms
suspicious, suspect, questionable, dubious, doubtful, of dubious character, disreputable, untrustworthy, dishonest, dishonourable, devious, slippery, tricky, underhand, unscrupulous, irregular, potentially illegal, unethical; North Americansnide
informal shifty, fishy, murky
British informal dodgy
Australian/New Zealand informal shonky

Derivatives

shadily

adverb
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  • Yesterday I went into the Used DVD Emporium, a seedy hole in the wall bespeaking a shadily acquired inventory of hot items for your viewing pleasure.
  • Unfortunately, Reigart's hands are tied by Admiral Piquet (Joaquim de Almeida), a French NATO officer who shadily puts a halt to Reigart's rescue operations.
  • Inside, the narrow alleys are tight woven, winding shadily between cliff-like walls of brown mud or sparkling white lime wash.

shadiness

noun
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  • There was much shadiness in his management of those accounts.
  • The practical implications surrounding the shadiness of the category of ‘social identity’ often pertain to information concerning public figures.
  • He's making most people feel safe in an unsafe time and they're willing to put up with rather a lot of shadiness in such circumstances, if history is any sort of witness.

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