adjective \ˈsha-dō-ē, -də-wē\

: full of shade or shadows

: dark and mysterious

: not clearly seen or understood

Full Definition of SHADOWY

a :  of the nature of or resembling a shadow
b :  faintly perceptible :  indistinct
:  being in or obscured by shadow <deep shadowy interiors>
a :  shady 1
b :  shady 3
shad·ow·i·ly \-wə-lē\ adverb
shad·ow·i·ness \-wē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SHADOWY

  1. She was pursued by a shadowy figure.
  2. He had only a shadowy idea of what they wanted him to do.

First Known Use of SHADOWY

14th century


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