\ ˈshā-dē How to pronounce shady (audio) \
shadier; shadiest

Definition of shady

1 : producing or affording shade
2 : sheltered from the sun's rays
3a : of questionable merit : uncertain, unreliable

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Other Words from shady

shadily \ ˈshā-​ə-​lē How to pronounce shadily (audio) \ adverb
shadiness \ ˈshā-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce shadiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for shady


shaded, shadowed, shadowy, umbrageous


exposed, shadeless, sunny

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Examples of shady in a Sentence

Their backyard is nice and shady. I don't trust him. He seems like a pretty shady character.

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For season 3, Princess Bride star Cary Elwes plays Hawkins' mayor, the shady and troublesome politician who’s got a cigar in his mouth and a handful of secrets up his sleeve. Rachel Paige,, "Stranger Things 3," 5 July 2019 Standing in a shady spot on the boardwalk, Wes answers questions and jokes amiably with the visitors. Michelle Matthews |,, "Inside Alligator Alley, where you can feed and pet gators," 2 July 2019 This is the record business at it’s most ruthless and shady. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Here Is What Everyone Is Saying About the Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun Situation," 1 July 2019 The details of the story are extremely shady and extremely convoluted. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Company That Stole Your Facebook Data for the Trump Campaign Is Even Shadier Than Advertised," 20 Mar. 2018 All the spending on complicated tools that monitor network security can essentially be wasted if an unsuspecting worker responds to a shady email masquerading as a legitimate message from the boss. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Investors Go 'Phishing' For Gold In the Cybersecurity Market—Cyber Saturday," 22 June 2019 Those people spotted a fawn alone under a shady tree one day with no mom in sight for hours. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "See an unattended baby deer? Leave the fawn alone," 21 June 2019 After years of investigation of that 2016 meeting, there’s no way anyone from the reelection campaign is going to want to take the political and legal risk of sitting down with shady representatives of a foreign government promising oppo. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 So Taylor worked to refurbish the sawmill and crack down on shady sourcing. Tim Mcdonnell, National Geographic, "Cameroon’s embattled ebony trees get a lifeline—from guitar maker," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of shady

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shad tree

shad trout






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English Language Learners Definition of shady

: giving or providing shade
: sheltered from the sun's light : having shade
informal : seeming to be dishonest


\ ˈshā-dē How to pronounce shady (audio) \
shadier; shadiest

Kids Definition of shady

1 : sheltered from the sun's rays
2 : producing shade a shady tree
3 : not right or honest shady business deals

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