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SHADY (shadier, shadiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shady mean? 

SHADY (adjective)
  The adjective SHADY has 4 senses:

1. of businesses and businessmen of questionable honesty
2. of questionable taste or morality
3. not as expected
4. filled with shade

  Familiarity information: SHADY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHADY (adjective)

Sense 1shady [BACK TO TOP]


Of businesses and businessmen of questionable honesty


fly-by-night; shady

Context example:

a fly-by-night operation


untrustworthy; untrusty (not worthy of trust or belief)

Sense 2shady [BACK TO TOP]


Of questionable taste or morality


louche; shady

Context examples:

a louche nightclub / a louche painting


disreputable (lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance)

Sense 3shady [BACK TO TOP]


Not as expected


suspect; fishy; suspicious; shady; funny

Context examples:

there was something fishy about the accident / up to some funny business / some definitely queer goings-on / a shady deal / her motives were suspect / suspicious behavior


questionable (subject to question)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Sense 4shady [BACK TO TOP]


Filled with shade


shadowed; shadowy; umbrageous; shady

Context examples:

the shady side of the street / the surface of the pond is dark and shadowed / we sat on rocks in a shadowy cove / cool umbrageous woodlands


shaded (protected from heat and light with shade or shadow)

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