adjective (shadier, shadiest)
- 1Situated in or full of shade: shady woodsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Giving shade from sunlight: they sprawled under a shady carob treeMore example sentences
- 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 dealsMore example sentences
suspicious, suspect, questionable, dubious, doubtful, of dubious character, disreputable, untrustworthy, dishonest, dishonourable, devious, slippery, tricky, underhand, unscrupulous, irregular, potentially illegal, unethical; North American snideBritish • informal dodgyAustralian/New Zealand • informal shonky
- 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.
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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.
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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.