\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for shady


shaded, shadowed, shadowy, umbrageous


exposed, shadeless, sunny

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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.

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Former prosecutor Katie Haun, for example, has gone from chasing down shady cryptocurrency characters to defending—and investing in—this burgeoning field. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The SEC's Kik Crypto Case Shows Just How Far Crypto Has To Go—Data Sheet," 6 June 2019 Heat index values are calculated for shady conditions with light winds, which means that on sunny days the values can increase by as much as 15 degrees. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth's heat index could reach 105 degrees this weekend — but what does that mean?," 6 June 2019 On the other side of the home's shady patio and green backyard space lies the back house, which contains a therapy room, music and game room as well as an art studio. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Courage House for LGBTQ+ youth fills one of their five beds — and both homeowners' hearts," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, her handlers maintain her creative stamina by giving her shady medication, a bit like military doctors dosing a fighter pilot with amphetamines or trainers doping a thoroughbred. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019 The player’s objections and concerns fall on deaf ears when FIFA and AFC continue tosupport the political players at these shady federations, who refuse to prioritize the women’s teams. Shireen Ahmed, Time, "This Is the Most Anticipated Women’s World Cup Ever. But Corruption and Abuse Still Block Women From Soccer," 5 June 2019 If the weather won't cooperate, start on the shady side of the house. 2. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Clean Windows, According to Our Cleaning Lab," 22 Feb. 2019 The jury conviction of Paul Manafort and the guilty plea by Michael Cohen on Tuesday are a damaging commentary on the shady operators Donald Trump associated with in his private and political life. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "Manafort, Cohen and Trump," 21 Aug. 2018 In order to circumvent this shady behavior, Global Fishing Watch started supplementing beacon locations with data from earth-observation satellites. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "How Small Satellites Will Help Police Earth's Vast Oceans," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of shady

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shad tree

shad trout






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The first known use of shady was in 1579

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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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