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 shadowy (audio) \ adverb
shadowiness \ ˈsha-​də-​wē-​nəs How to pronounce shadowy (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Atlantic's Adrienne LaFrance has spent months studying QAnon and its shadowy origins. NBC News, "Meet the Press - January 3, 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Even as microscopes, air pumps, Leyden jars and particle accelerators enlightened the natural world, shadowy spirits continued to be conjured up in the pages of scientific journals and treatises. Washington Post, "The shadowy spirits that helped advance science," 24 Dec. 2020 Alleging shadowy links to science denial is neither effective or honest as a response. Jacob Hale Russell, STAT, "Let’s put the straw man of pandemic denial out of his misery," 23 Dec. 2020 Customers are asked few questions when reporting items or even entire orders missing, which has allowed some shadowy businesses to take advantage of the system. Los Angeles Times, "Unfair ratings cost some Instacart shoppers hundreds a week. Here’s what’s happening," 21 Dec. 2020 As the town slept fitfully late Dec. 3, 1991, its single traffic light blinking out a perfect pulse, shadowy figures moved through the streets, while others lurked on the outskirts. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Captivating tales from South Texas and Mexico," 8 Dec. 2020 His security camera had caught a shadowy figure who ran from the side of his home near 60th and Glisan Street, crossed his front yard and rapidly walked across the street about 2 a.m. on Oct. 7. oregonlive, "Stalker terrifies Portland neighborhoods," 6 Dec. 2020 The Great Reset is being orchestrated in plain sight, and not by a shadowy group of plotters. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Great Reset: If Only It Were Just a Conspiracy," 27 Nov. 2020 The idea of the cabal persisted above all: the Jews of England taking part in these ritual mutilations of children’s bodies, the secret meeting of rabbis, a shadowy group of elders. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of shadowy

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

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shadowy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce shadowy (audio)

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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