Definition of "shady" []

  • Full of shade; shaded. (adjective)
  • Casting shade: a shady grove. (adjective)
  • Quiet, dark, or concealed; hidden. (adjective)
  • Of dubious character or honesty; questionable. See Synonyms at dark. (adjective)
  • Full of shade; shaded (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Affording or casting a shade (adjective)
  • Dim, quiet, or concealed (adjective)
  • Dubious or questionable as to honesty or legality (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "shady" in a sentence
  • "Over the years, Bud Billings had some -- well, I mean, I ` ll use the term shady, maybe operating on the fringe of legality, with the used car business, pawnshops, running strip joints, that sort of thing."
  • "I wear my seatbelt, don't smoke, eat healthy, use a water filter and carry a dummy wallet with fake credit cards and funny money whenever I'm in "shady" areas and hope I get pick pocketed."
  • "It is not uncommon for certain shady dealing to go on for years, with a small group of critics but never really breaking out into the media."