\ 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

Other Words from shady

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Now in a moister microclimate, the environment shifts from sunny and spiny to shady and succulent. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2022 However, no outdoor entertaining space is complete without a shady and comfortable space to lounge. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 July 2022 It’s not actually a single theory but, rather, a grab bag of possible scenarios by which the virus might have been unleashed on the world—all of them implying some level of shady or incompetent behavior by Chinese scientists. Lindsay Beyerstein, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 Using vertical space in a shady area is the best way to keep them in prime condition. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 This approach is far different than a typical heat index, which calculates temperature and humidity in a shady area. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2022 Too much direct sunlight can burn plants, so keep them in a shady area. Ashley Abramson,, 22 May 2022 Anybody who was involved in that corrupt, shady, shoddy election of 2020. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 Too much direct sunlight can burn plants, so keep them in a shady area. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shady

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Aug 2022

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“Shady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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