Definition of shady in English:



  • 1Situated in or full of shade.

    ‘shady woods’
    • ‘She led us to the cool, shady, plant-filled sanctuary of a monk's cell.’
    • ‘I stood up and we walked back into the cool, shady pathways.’
    • ‘Store the tree in water in a cool, shady place until ready to bring it indoors.’
    • ‘Neither do they need them for cooling off - they prefer shady places for that.’
    • ‘If you must delay the canning of other fresh produce, keep it in a shady, cool place.’
    • ‘If you cannot plant immediately, place your plants in a pan of shallow water or cover their roots with moist sand in a shady place.’
    • ‘Set the pots in a cool, shady area, wet the soil, and cover with wood shavings or other mulch; water to make damp.’
    • ‘During the dog days of summer, there's no finer place to relax than on a carpet of moist, green moss in the cool, shady rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula.’
    • ‘The only major pests of hostas are slugs, which thrive in the moist, cool, shady areas that hostas love.’
    • ‘These two techniques combine to make the porch shady and cool.’
    • ‘Plant Hydrangea petiolaris in a large shady area as ground cover and encourage it to sprawl, not climb.’
    • ‘Not only does this create a sturdy and attractive structure for vining plants to climb up, but it also provides a cool and shady nook underneath in which children can nap, read, or hold tea parties.’
    • ‘Put them out in a shady, protected place for a few hours (say, mid-morning to early afternoon).’
    • ‘It brings the feel of sunlight into a shady spot.’
    • ‘Immediately take the person out of direct sunlight immediately to a cooler, shady spot - optimally an air-conditioned room - and call for medical help.’
    • ‘If it's too shady they won't receive enough sunlight to make them flower properly.’
    • ‘Shan houses are traditionally raised up on stilts, with the area underneath used for storage or a cool, shady place to sit.’
    • ‘Keep the structure low, and cantilever the roof overhangs to cool the house and create shady outdoor areas.’
    • ‘Nick emerged from the shady inn into bright sunlight, blinking as his eyes adjusted.’
    • ‘If you're looking for a tough ground cover for a shady area, bugleweed is one of the best.’
    shaded, shadowy, dark, dim, sunless
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    1. 1.1 Giving shade from sunlight.
      ‘they sprawled under a shady carob tree’
      • ‘The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.’
      • ‘It soared above the rest with long, shady branches, covered with leaves and an exotic type of fruit.’
      • ‘I placed myself under the cover of a large shady oak and stared out over the greens, my mind travelling to the most recent novel I'd been reading.’
      • ‘I stared out at the gorgeous garden, covered with shady trees and thick grass.’
      • ‘Ivaric raced down to the stables, shouted at a groom to saddle his grey horse Maila, and smiled as he saw his father sitting in a shady arbour at one end of the courtyard, looking thoughtful.’
      • ‘The garden had always been cool, shady and inviting.’
      • ‘Ornamental pears along the fence will grow into a shady privacy screen.’
  • 2informal Of doubtful honesty or legality.

    ‘he was involved in his grandmother's shady deals’
    • ‘If they could have made money without work they would have gladly engaged in shady deals or just acted as parasites, leeching off society or their parents.’
    • ‘Although employed at a delicatessen near the East India docks, he is a shady character whose motive for being in the area I suspect has to do with the opium dens.’
    • ‘Because she did not suspect a shady deal was brewing, when she found out the loan was approved, she signed on the dotted line.’
    • ‘Even if this Alexander fellow had saved her from the shady Grim character, she doubted that he would have withheld information from the great Sir Marcus Grigsby.’
    • ‘This is no cryptic message sent by shady characters.’
    • ‘Mastering his distaste with a grimace, he has to do a shady business deal with an expatriate Cockney superlad played by Ray Winstone.’
    • ‘He walked into the debriefing room and was greeted by General Li, a suspicious and shady character.’
    • ‘Their estimable credits aside, the two were classic movie-world shady characters.’
    • ‘The first floor of the inn served as a sort of tavern, laden with long tables and many various shady or drunk characters, the majority of which laughed as they talked between droughts of ale.’
    • ‘Noir films incorporated twisted stories of crime, shady deals, and dangerous dames exuding the air of mystery and evil and serving as a dark foil to our postwar patriotic afterglow.’
    • ‘Places that dealt on the shady side of supply often went to great pains to know who they were dealing with, fearing the police, or worse, the Empire.’
    • ‘Some of the people a little lower on the totem pole in Tony, Paulie, Ralph, and Johnny Sack's crews are present on the job site but are only there to run shady deals and as a formality.’
    • ‘Stilwell says there's one creepy scene in the show she actually finds hard to watch, featuring a shady character one of the dancers developed in rehearsals.’
    • ‘And the conversation quickly turned to what a shady character he was.’
    • ‘Both were highly corrupt and the smart writer proved an excellent handyman to put through their deals, shady and otherwise.’
    • ‘We see drugs, shady characters, constant drinking, and endless cigarette smoke, but it's corruption once-removed.’
    • ‘And her husband wasn't the paragon she believed him to be; he'd been in a shady business deal with the man who killed him.’
    • ‘There's a side plot involving some shady characters, but it's not explored or explained enough to hold these lackluster episodes together.’
    • ‘This belongs to the secret world of state-to-state relations, with all their intrigues, shady deals and questionable trade-offs, which most governments hide from their citizens.’
    • ‘Film noir often involves an innocent hero who gets seduced or betrayed into a web of crime and deceit, usually led on by a ‘femme fatale’ character with a shady past.’
    suspicious, suspect, questionable, dubious, doubtful, of dubious character, disreputable, untrustworthy, dishonest, dishonourable, devious, slippery, tricky, underhand, unscrupulous, irregular, potentially illegal, unethical
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