Definition of shady in English:



  • 1Situated in or full of shade.

    ‘shady woods’
    • ‘Plant Hydrangea petiolaris in a large shady area as ground cover and encourage it to sprawl, not climb.’
    • ‘These two techniques combine to make the porch shady and cool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I stood up and we walked back into the cool, shady pathways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Store the tree in water in a cool, shady place until ready to bring it indoors.’
    • ‘Immediately take the person out of direct sunlight immediately to a cooler, shady spot - optimally an air-conditioned room - and call for medical help.’
    • ‘She led us to the cool, shady, plant-filled sanctuary of a monk's cell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Set the pots in a cool, shady area, wet the soil, and cover with wood shavings or other mulch; water to make damp.’
    • ‘If it's too shady they won't receive enough sunlight to make them flower properly.’
    • ‘If you're looking for a tough ground cover for a shady area, bugleweed is one of the best.’
    • ‘Put them out in a shady, protected place for a few hours (say, mid-morning to early afternoon).’
    • ‘Shan houses are traditionally raised up on stilts, with the area underneath used for storage or a cool, shady place to sit.’
    • ‘If you must delay the canning of other fresh produce, keep it in a shady, cool place.’
    • ‘Neither do they need them for cooling off - they prefer shady places for that.’
    • ‘Nick emerged from the shady inn into bright sunlight, blinking as his eyes adjusted.’
    • ‘It brings the feel of sunlight into a shady spot.’
    • ‘Keep the structure low, and cantilever the roof overhangs to cool the house and create shady outdoor areas.’
    shaded, shadowy, dark, dim, sunless
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    1. 1.1Giving shade from sunlight.
      ‘they sprawled under a shady carob tree’
      • ‘Ornamental pears along the fence will grow into a shady privacy screen.’
      • ‘It soared above the rest with long, shady branches, covered with leaves and an exotic type of fruit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I stared out at the gorgeous garden, covered with shady trees and thick grass.’
      • ‘The garden had always been cool, shady and inviting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.’
  • 2informal Of doubtful honesty or legality.

    ‘he was involved in his grandmother's shady deals’
    • ‘And the conversation quickly turned to what a shady character he was.’
    • ‘We see drugs, shady characters, constant drinking, and endless cigarette smoke, but it's corruption once-removed.’
    • ‘He walked into the debriefing room and was greeted by General Li, a suspicious and shady character.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mastering his distaste with a grimace, he has to do a shady business deal with an expatriate Cockney superlad played by Ray Winstone.’
    • ‘Because she did not suspect a shady deal was brewing, when she found out the loan was approved, she signed on the dotted line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their estimable credits aside, the two were classic movie-world shady characters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both were highly corrupt and the smart writer proved an excellent handyman to put through their deals, shady and otherwise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is no cryptic message sent by shady characters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a side plot involving some shady characters, but it's not explored or explained enough to hold these lackluster episodes together.’
    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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