Definition of shadowy in US English:

shadowy

adjectiveshadowier, shadowiest

  • 1Full of shadows.

    ‘the shadowy back streets of Stringtown’
    • ‘He was still staring off down the shadowy street.’
    • ‘His hair is a shadowy shade of black and his eyes are a dark brown, nearly black.’
    • ‘Every frame is razor-sharp, even in dark, shadowy scenes.’
    • ‘These days, you just might hear bloodcurdling screams coming from one of the shadowy side streets, where a grizzly murder is indeed taking place.’
    • ‘Gone are the shadowy streets of Manhattan, skyscrapers blotting out the sun like overseers to the perversion playing out below.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Marissa eyes flitted about at the shadowy woodland, an eerie sense of foreboding beginning to permeate the air.’
    • ‘It was dark and shadowy, so not much could be seen.’
    • ‘A solid sound design as well as shadowy lighting achieve the scariest effects of the film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He kept one hand on the antique handgun holstered on his hip as he half-walked, half-ran along the shadowy street.’
    • ‘Thin beams of intense, orange light striped the otherwise shadowy walls of my bedroom from my window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two droids stopped in the middle of the shadowy passage.’
    • ‘The entries off High Street offer shadowy potential and an historical dimension, as do the old Courthouse steps.’
    • ‘The most powerful image was of a dark, shadowy, dangerous city.’
    • ‘There were two lamps hanging from the ceiling near the door that gave the place a strange shadowy glow.’
    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’
      • ‘Polonius becomes a shadowy figure, though he is openly identified as Claudius's co-conspirator in the murder of Hamlet's father.’
      • ‘It was Halloween, 1999, when a mysterious, shadowy figure appeared on the Montreal music scene.’
      • ‘In the silence of the next few moments no one noticed the two shadowy figures that appeared in the jagged opening of the room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The men in this novel are mostly shadowy figures who seem to appear at the right moment to fill out a necessary niche.’
      • ‘Throughout the first act, Wilfrid periodically addresses the shadowy figure of the ‘judge’ who will decide whether he may transport the body.’
      • ‘She started to run away from the man only to be blocked by shadowy figures that suddenly appeared in front of her.’
      • ‘Bart is not trapped in a maze with no exit; he is not tirelessly hounded by shadowy criminals or mysterious forces beyond his control.’
      • ‘Chess takes the place of all the other passions, and the people in his life, including his parents, become shadowy, meaningless figures.’
      • ‘Hackneyed, undisciplined and utterly rubbish, it ended with a shadowy stranger in black springing Myers from prison for no discernible reason.’
      • ‘Katherine stood frozen in the spot, staring awestruck once more at the shadowy figure, which now appeared to be watching them.’
      • ‘The shadowy stranger struggled to get free but could not.’
      • ‘The shadowy stranger I'm entertaining begins to finger the fabric.’
      • ‘Beyond one shadowy figure, never identified, no other suspect was ever turned up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Within a matter of five minutes, a shadowy figure appeared in the room.’
      • ‘A spotlight appeared on all four screens and a shadowy figure walked into it.’
      • ‘Benn speaks as he thinks and does not worry about being on-message or about the reactions of shadowy press officer figures lurking offstage.’
      • ‘It was hard to feel frightened of shadowy, nameless pursuers with the bright summer sunlight flooding the room.’
      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’
      • ‘Curtains of silk and lace in black and red hung from the ceiling, giving the room a shadowy and ethereal feel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still more shadowy were the sinister crocodilian outlines - alligators and other horrible reptiles, culminating in the colossal lizard, the iguanodon.’
      • ‘This terrifying shadowy swarm would obliterate the white light.’
      • ‘But instead, through his interaction with Keel, it takes him to places shadowy and frightening.’

Pronunciation

shadowy

/ˈSHadōē//ˈʃædoʊi/