shady

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms

shaded, shadowed, shadowy, umbrageous

Antonyms

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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The super secret Starfleet organization involved in all things shady? Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 Khloe basically confirmed the scandal via some VERY shady likes on Twitter. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Signs Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson Did In Fact Hook Up," 22 Feb. 2019 Choose the Right Campsite Summer campers might prefer the shadiest and most secluded spot. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping," 14 Dec. 2015 The two seem shady and unscrupulous right from the start, and sure enough, things quickly go downhill from there. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Prospect is a stylish science fiction movie that puts world building first," 31 Oct. 2018 Typically these developers can block shady numbers using a weekly list released by the FCC, but that list isn’t released during the shutdown. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "There's Nothing Stopping Robocalls During the Government Shutdown," 17 Jan. 2019 Schedule walks for cooler times of the day and stay in shady areas. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: How to protect dogs from summer heat stroke," 3 Aug. 2018 Together, the sisters find themselves in the middle of a totally dramatic (and equally shady) black market scheme, which is just the kind of thing a Leo might secretly daydream about. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie You Should Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 2 Jan. 2019 But the timeline around Stone’s tweet and Corsi research has long looked shady (as Marcy Wheeler has written). Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New developments about Mueller, Manafort, and Corsi.," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of shady

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shady

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shady

: giving or providing shade
: sheltered from the sun's light : having shade
informal : seeming to be dishonest

shady

adjective
\ 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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