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shady

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of shady

  1. 1 protected from the sun's rays <a lovely shady spot in the park that was pleasantly cool> Synonyms shaded, shadowed, shadowy, umbrageous Related Words canopied, covered, sheltered; cloudy; dark, darkened, darkish, darkling, darksome, dim, dimmed, dusky, gloomy, inky, moonless, murky, obscure, obscured, penumbral, pitch-black, pitch-dark, somber (or sombre), sunless Near Antonyms bedazzling, bright, brightened, brilliant, dazzling, effulgent, illuminated, illumined, incandescent, light, lit (or lighted), lucent, lucid, luminary, luminous; beaming, lambent, radiant, shining; lustrous Antonyms exposed, shadeless, sunny

  2. 2 given to or marked by cheating and deception <a shady business deal> Synonyms bent [chiefly British], crooked, deceptive, double-dealing, duplicitous, fast, fraudulent, guileful, rogue, dishonest, sharp, shifty, underhand, underhandedRelated Words unconscionable, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, false; artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, foxy, slick, sly, subtle, wily; defrauding, devious, furtive, slippery, sneaking, sneaky, trickish, tricky; insidious, perfidious, treacherousNear Antonyms conscientious, decent, ethical, honorable, just, scrupulous, upright; forthright, straightforwardAntonyms aboveboard, honest, straight

  3. 3 giving good reason for being doubted, questioned, or challenged <cited some shady statistics to back up his argument> Synonyms debatable, disputable, dodgy [chiefly British], doubtable, dubious, dubitable, equivocal, fishy, problematic (also problematical), queer, questionable, doubtful, shaky, suspect, suspiciousRelated Words alleged, so-called, supposed; moot; ambiguous, open, unclear; uncertain, undecided, undetermined; far-fetched, flimsy, improbable, unlikely, weakNear Antonyms decisive, definitive; clear, obvious, open-and-shut, positiveAntonyms certain, hands-down, incontestable, indisputable, indubitable, questionless, sure, undeniable, undoubted, unproblematic, unquestionable

  4. 4 given to acting in secret and to concealing one's intentions <shady characters hanging out in the park after nightfall> Synonyms furtive, sneaky, shifty, slippery, sly, sneaking, stealthyRelated Words artful, crafty, cunning, devious, foxy, guileful, slick, wily; close, closemouthed, reticent, secretive; clandestine, covert, dark; deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, devious, duplicitous, trickish, tricky, underhand, underhanded; cheating, crooked, defrauding, dishonest, dissembling, double-dealing, knavish, two-faced; lying, mendacious, untrustworthy, untruthful; insidious, perfidious, serpentine, treacherousNear Antonyms aboveboard, forthright, plainspoken, straightforward; candid, direct, foursquare, frank, open, plain; honest, trustworthy, truthful

  5. 5 not respectable <a courtesan who lived on the shady fringe of society> Synonyms discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, ignominious, infamous, louche, notorious, opprobrious, disreputable, shameful, shoddy, shy, unrespectableRelated Words bad, criminal, immoral, seamy, sordid, unethical, unsavory, wicked; base, contemptible, despicable, detestable, dirty, low, mean, miserable, vile, wretched; black, evil, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, sinful, unrighteous, vicious, villainous, wrong; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, inglorious, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, gamy (or gamey), libertine, loose, perverted, reprobateNear Antonyms decent, ethical, good, honest, just, moral, noble, principled, righteous, upright, upstanding; esteemed, prestigious, reputed, respected; authorized, legal, licensed, permissible, permitted; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; clean, correct, decorous, exemplary, proper, seemly; blameless, commendable, creditable, guiltlessAntonyms honorable, reputable, respectable


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