Definitions for: Shady


[adj] filled with shade; "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"
[adj] (informal) not as expected; "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"
[adj] of questionable taste or morality; "a louche nightclub"; "a louche painting"
[adj] of businesses and businessmen; "a fly-by-night operation"



Webster (1913) Definition: Shad"y, 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; equivocal; dubious or corrupt. [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]

Synonyms: disreputable, fishy, fly-by-night, funny, louche, queer, questionable, shaded, shadowed, shadowy, suspect, suspicious, umbrageous, untrustworthy, untrusty

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