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Meaning of shady by Wiktionary Dictionary



    shade +‎ -y


    • Rhymes: -eɪdi


    shady ( comparative shadier, superlative shadiest )

    1. Abounding in shades .
    2. Causing shade .
    3. Overspread with shade; sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat .
    4. ( slang ) Not trustworthy; Unfit to be seen or known .
      He is a shady character .


Explanation of shady by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. filled with shade

    2. the shady side of the street
    3. not as expected

    4. a shady deal
    5. of questionable taste or morality

    6. ( of businesses and businessmen ) unscrupulous

    7. a shady operation

    Definition of shady by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Shady a. [Compar. Shadier ; superl. Shadiest.]
      1. Abounding in shade or shades; overspread with shade; causing shade.

      The shady trees cover him with their shadow. Job. xl. 22.

      And Amaryllis fills the shady groves. Dryden.

      2. Sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat.

      Cast it also that you may have rooms shady for summer and warm for winter. Bacon.

      3. Of or pertaining to shade or darkness; hence, unfit to be seen or known; of questionable character; unsavory; equivocal; dubious, corrupt, or criminal; as, “a shady character”; -- of people or activities. [Colloq.] “A shady business.” London Sat. Rev.

      Shady characters, disreputable, criminal. London Spectator.

      On the shady side of, on the thither side of; as, on the shady side of fifty; that is, more than fifty. [Colloq.] -- To keep shady, to stay in concealment; also, to be reticent. [Slang]