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

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 As always, the forest floor was dark and shadowy, the sunlight swallowed up by the upper canopy. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 This is the kind of project, with all the likely international participation both shadowy and official, that offers a hedge against possible US sanctions. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 17 May 2021 The story helped cement Adelstein’s reputation as an unflinching chronicler of organized crime in Japan, propelling him to minor celebrity status as one of the primary experts on a shadowy underworld few had access to. Gavin J Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Unlike those sensationalized but not entirely misleading depictions of tough guys with shadowy criminal associations, the new unionism has a distinctly upper middle class quality. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 29 Apr. 2022 In the footage, a secret bookshelf door opens to reveal a shadowy room full of Batsuits. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Public spaces that were previously sources of joy become shadowy and unpredictable. Nanjala Nyabola, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 The Northman is a visually striking film, with dazzling moonlight nights, shadowy goings-on, and rich oranges of epic fights set against a background of molten lava. Benny Har-even, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 At the least, states can pass laws clarifying their shadowy finances. Judge Glock, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shadowy

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

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16 May 2022

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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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