\ 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

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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 But some council members last week criticized the project as a shady boondoggle that needs more vetting. Dallas News, "Dallas council members question soccer field plan under I-345 where many had wanted parking," 22 May 2020 The feature, which Facebook started rolling out on Android in March and is now bringing to iOS, uses machine learning analysis of communications across Facebook Messenger's billion-plus users to identify shady behaviors. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats," 21 May 2020 At about the same time, Agee, who lasted two seasons on the show before making a similar exit, posted a shady GIF of her own, in which she and Ford are sat next to each other during a talking head. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Kristin Cavallari’s Former Reality Show Co-Stars Are Shading Her Amid Show’s Cancellation," 20 May 2020 Pack your lunch and take in the gorgeous views from a shady picnic table. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 The shaggily authentic performer from back-alley nowhere, the shady impresario sanding hard edges into gold. Darren Franich,, "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes review: Hunger Games prequel's darkly funny, way too long," 19 May 2020 But users can hold a tech company’s feet to the fire, tuning in when shady practices get exposed. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "How Zoom Colonized Our Lives," 4 May 2020 Tourists are frequently conned by shady operators selling tours that don't go to Liberty Island. NBC News, "Alec Baldwin falls for Statue of Liberty tour 'scam'," 8 Oct. 2019 The finished product is a blissful addition to any yard, a shady place to sit and read, eat and drink with friends, or zone out on a summer day. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Build a Backyard Oasis With This DIY Pergola," 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of shady

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 May 2020

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“Shady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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