\ 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

Other Words from shady

shadily \ ˈshā-​ə-​lē How to pronounce shady (audio) \ adverb
shadiness \ ˈshā-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce shady (audio) \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of these labels collapse, often in a wave of recriminations about shady business practices. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 While Bitcoin and other coins aren’t yet considered securities, the regulators will dig into finding out if there are instances of money laundering, pump-and-dump schemes, shady business practices, wash sales, and market manipulations. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Abramovich has donated more of his fortune to charity than any other living Russian — more than $2.5 billion by one estimate — but he also has been tied to shady business practices in Russia and played a major role in Putin’s rise to power. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 The true-crime series aims to explore the shady practices behind the Von Dutch business. Skyler Caruso,, 16 Nov. 2021 Widespread interest in data privacy has surged in recent years as shady corporate data practices come to light. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 As a result, some apps offer loans with annual percentage rates of up to 400%, and borrowers have accused them of shady practices including illegally mining customer data, and shaming of defaulters. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz Africa, 22 Feb. 2021 Over the years, many of them have cited the argument that earmarks lead to shady and unnecessary government spending. Andrew Zhang, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2022 However, the user experience is poor and shady at best. Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shady

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Shady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ 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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