shad·​owy | \ ˈsha-dō-ē How to pronounce shadowy (audio) , -də-wē\

Definition of shadowy

1a : of the nature of or resembling a shadow
b : faintly perceptible : indistinct
2 : being in or obscured by shadow deep shadowy interiors

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Other Words from shadowy

shadowily \ ˈsha-​də-​wə-​lē How to pronounce shadowily (audio) \ adverb
shadowiness \ ˈsha-​də-​wē-​nəs How to pronounce shadowiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of shadowy in a Sentence

She was pursued by a shadowy figure. He had only a shadowy idea of what they wanted him to do.

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To the side, a backlit room will feature shadowy dancing figures, Nero said. Daily Pilot, "New Costa Mesa club seeks to electrify O.C.'s queer nightlife scene," 13 Sep. 2019 These shadowy crimes hurt both small businesses and the customer shopping experience. Washington Post, "Think your credit card is safe in your wallet? Think again.," 10 Sep. 2019 Cut off from light, air, and any connection to the surface, this shadowy realm seems more like an alien world than part of Earth. NBC News, "Strange life-forms found deep in a mine point to vast 'underground Galapagos'," 7 Sep. 2019 Lia tells the tale over her podcast, but the shadowy players who want to keep this story quiet soon turn their eyes to the woman trying to unravel it. Nick Romano,, "Jessica Biel pursues investigative podcasting in first Limetown trailer," 6 Sep. 2019 The outsourcing problem Amazon has a whole lot of company in relying on a shadowy network of third-party companies to do business under its brand banner. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Amazon delivery contractors operate with little oversight, report finds," 3 Sep. 2019 That’s because most of the glaciers are tucked into shadowy crevices along the Continental Divide. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 Many believe that the headlines and pictures showing the arrest of several hitherto shadowy Nigerian cybercriminals will significantly worsen the situation. David Hundeyin, CNN, "Opinion: FBI fraud busts dent Nigeria's global reputation," 29 Aug. 2019 Archeologists Damien Huffer and Shawn Graham have been surveying the scale of this shadowy market since 2013, searching and analyzing several thousand posts advertising human remains on the platform. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shadowy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of shadowy was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of shadowy

: full of shade or shadows
: dark and mysterious
: not clearly seen or understood


shad·​owy | \ ˈsha-də-wē How to pronounce shadowy (audio) \

Kids Definition of shadowy

1 : full of shade a shadowy lane
2 : indistinct Occasionally, they would pass the shadowy figure of someone else walking down the stairs …— Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

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