shadier; shadiest
1
: producing or affording shade
2
: sheltered from the sun's rays
3
a
: of questionable merit : uncertain, unreliable
shadily adverb
shadiness noun

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 This summer-ready rendition is perfectly suited to be enjoyed on a shady porch alongside barbecue favorites. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Strip attracted shady characters right from the start. Chris Carra, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 But this shady market is poised to grow exponentially thanks to the proliferation of generative AI tools. Wired Staff, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 For example, the Moonlight Canyon Trail, a 1.6-mile easy-to-moderate loop, starts at Agua Caliente County Park and takes hikers through the shady Moonlight Canyon before traversing behind a mountain. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 The lawn grows more leggy and less vigorously in shady parts of his yard, and like Kurapia, its flowers are a huge draw for bees and other pollinators, Chau said. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 She’s also distanced herself from her father Lou Sr. (played by a menacing Ed Harris in an Argus Filch wig), who owns the local gun range and may or may not have ties to shady underworld dealings. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 21 Jan. 2024 Alongside the elegantly simple, rectangular pool is a long pergola, and tucked into a shady corner is a small putting green. Mark David, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2024 That can mean staggered shifts with a long break in the middle of the day, or switching tasks to something in a shadier or cooler spot for part of the shift. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shady was in 1579

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“Shady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shady. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

shady

adjective
shadier; shadiest
1
: casting a shadow : giving shade
2
: sheltered from the sun's rays
a shady grove
3
: not right or honest
a shady business deal
shadily adverb
shadiness noun

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