shadowy

adjective shad·owy \ ˈsha-dō-ē , -də-wē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of shadowy

1 a :of the nature of or resembling a shadow
b :faintly perceptible :indistinct
2 :being in or obscured by shadow
  • deep shadowy interiors
3 a :shady 1
b :shady 3

shadowily

play \ˈsha-də-wə-lē\ adverb

shadowiness

play \ˈsha-də-wē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shadowy in a Sentence

  1. She was pursued by a shadowy figure.

  2. He had only a shadowy idea of what they wanted him to do.

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First Known Use of shadowy

14th century


SHADOWY Defined for English Language Learners

shadowy

adjective

Definition of shadowy for English Language Learners

  • : full of shade or shadows

  • : dark and mysterious

  • : not clearly seen or understood


SHADOWY Defined for Kids

shadowy

adjective shad·owy \ ˈsha-də-wē \

Definition of shadowy for Students

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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