shady

adjective
\ ˈshā-dē \
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 \ adverb
shadiness \ ˈshā-​dē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for shady

Synonyms

shaded, shadowed, shadowy, umbrageous

Antonyms

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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Together, the sisters find themselves in the middle of a totally dramatic (and equally shady) black market scheme, which is just the kind of thing a Leo might secretly daydream about. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie You Should Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 2 Jan. 2019 But the timeline around Stone’s tweet and Corsi research has long looked shady (as Marcy Wheeler has written). Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New developments about Mueller, Manafort, and Corsi.," 27 Nov. 2018 Position plants carefully- Choose plants that suit the environment, as even the most dedicated gardener can't make a sun-loving plant thrive in a cold, shady area. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "The Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips," 3 Apr. 2014 Select a tree displayed in a shady — not a sunny — location. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh Longer," 18 Dec. 2018 Jughead, however, was not as happy as the rest of the residents, knowing that something shady was going on. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 Things are getting shady for Adam Levine on The Voice. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why ‘The Voice’ Coach Adam Levine Has Caused a Divide Amongst Fans," 5 Nov. 2018 In both worlds, shady characters make fortunes in real estate and scientific advancement is opposed in the name of religion. Helen Klein Ross, WSJ, "Five Best: Helen Klein Ross on Multigenerational Sagas," 1 Nov. 2018 And Anna’s murder is a puzzle with a lot of possible solutions, involving everything from a secret past to a shady business deal. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of shady

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for shady

shady

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shady

: giving or providing shade

: sheltered from the sun's light : having shade

: seeming to be dishonest

shady

adjective
\ ˈshā-dē \
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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