Definition of shadowy in English:

shadowy

adjective

  • 1Full of shadows:

    ‘a long, shadowy, cobbled passage’
    • ‘The entries off High Street offer shadowy potential and an historical dimension, as do the old Courthouse steps.’
    • ‘Gone are the shadowy streets of Manhattan, skyscrapers blotting out the sun like overseers to the perversion playing out below.’
    • ‘Marissa eyes flitted about at the shadowy woodland, an eerie sense of foreboding beginning to permeate the air.’
    • ‘He was still staring off down the shadowy street.’
    • ‘There were two lamps hanging from the ceiling near the door that gave the place a strange shadowy glow.’
    • ‘A solid sound design as well as shadowy lighting achieve the scariest effects of the film.’
    • ‘The two droids stopped in the middle of the shadowy passage.’
    • ‘These days, you just might hear bloodcurdling screams coming from one of the shadowy side streets, where a grizzly murder is indeed taking place.’
    • ‘Thin beams of intense, orange light striped the otherwise shadowy walls of my bedroom from my window.’
    • ‘His hair is a shadowy shade of black and his eyes are a dark brown, nearly black.’
    • ‘I'd been bewitched by the mystery of a city so unknowable that even full sunshine could not illuminate the shadowy noirness lurking in the spaces between palm trees.’
    • ‘The forest in which Paloma's cottage resided was rather shadowy and creepy during the night.’
    • ‘The rain had lessened to a drizzle, and an eerie, shadowy mist hung around the trees.’
    • ‘The most powerful image was of a dark, shadowy, dangerous city.’
    • ‘He kept one hand on the antique handgun holstered on his hip as he half-walked, half-ran along the shadowy street.’
    • ‘It was dark and shadowy, so not much could be seen.’
    • ‘The center of the dome was clearly retractable, as it was partially opened at the moment to afford more light for the otherwise shadowy room.’
    • ‘Master Kit had shown up as usual, watching me from across a narrow, shadowy street, propped against the bins outside a shabby grocery.’
    • ‘Every frame is razor-sharp, even in dark, shadowy scenes.’
    • ‘Their music hints at shadowy cobbled backstreets in Buenos Aires, the elegant couples dancing while democracies are toppled and the memory of tango as its one great export.’
    dark, dim, gloomy, murky
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    1. 1.1 Of uncertain identity or nature:
      ‘a shadowy figure appeared through the mist’
      ‘the shadowy world of covert operations’
      • ‘In the silence of the next few moments no one noticed the two shadowy figures that appeared in the jagged opening of the room.’
      • ‘Within a matter of five minutes, a shadowy figure appeared in the room.’
      • ‘She started to run away from the man only to be blocked by shadowy figures that suddenly appeared in front of her.’
      • ‘The shadowy stranger I'm entertaining begins to finger the fabric.’
      • ‘Paranoid and deeply unlikable curmudgeon that he was, O'Brian had used his shadowy false identity as a screen against the prying eyes of the world.’
      • ‘It was Halloween, 1999, when a mysterious, shadowy figure appeared on the Montreal music scene.’
      • ‘Polonius becomes a shadowy figure, though he is openly identified as Claudius's co-conspirator in the murder of Hamlet's father.’
      • ‘It was hard to feel frightened of shadowy, nameless pursuers with the bright summer sunlight flooding the room.’
      • ‘At last, some light has been shed on the shadowy subject of identity theft and how the finance industry and its regulators can fight it.’
      • ‘In real life the woman is a performance artist distinguished by her striking pallor, but in this portrait she exists as a shadowy and mysterious character.’
      • ‘Chess takes the place of all the other passions, and the people in his life, including his parents, become shadowy, meaningless figures.’
      • ‘The shadowy stranger struggled to get free but could not.’
      • ‘A spotlight appeared on all four screens and a shadowy figure walked into it.’
      • ‘Throughout the first act, Wilfrid periodically addresses the shadowy figure of the ‘judge’ who will decide whether he may transport the body.’
      • ‘The men in this novel are mostly shadowy figures who seem to appear at the right moment to fill out a necessary niche.’
      • ‘Benn speaks as he thinks and does not worry about being on-message or about the reactions of shadowy press officer figures lurking offstage.’
      • ‘Katherine stood frozen in the spot, staring awestruck once more at the shadowy figure, which now appeared to be watching them.’
      • ‘Beyond one shadowy figure, never identified, no other suspect was ever turned up.’
      • ‘Hackneyed, undisciplined and utterly rubbish, it ended with a shadowy stranger in black springing Myers from prison for no discernible reason.’
      • ‘Bart is not trapped in a maze with no exit; he is not tirelessly hounded by shadowy criminals or mysterious forces beyond his control.’
      indistinct, hazy, indefinite, lacking definition, out of focus, vague, nebulous, ill-defined, faint, blurred, blurry, unclear, indistinguishable, unrecognizable, indeterminate, unsubstantial
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    2. 1.2 Insubstantial; unreal:
      ‘they were attacked by a swarm of shadowy, ethereal forms’
      • ‘Still more shadowy were the sinister crocodilian outlines - alligators and other horrible reptiles, culminating in the colossal lizard, the iguanodon.’
      • ‘Curtains of silk and lace in black and red hung from the ceiling, giving the room a shadowy and ethereal feel.’
      • ‘This terrifying shadowy swarm would obliterate the white light.’
      • ‘She barely had time to wonder about this strange shadowy beast before it lunged and she had a better view than she wanted of its many white teeth.’
      • ‘But instead, through his interaction with Keel, it takes him to places shadowy and frightening.’

Pronunciation

shadowy

/ˈʃadəʊi/