Definition of shady in US English:


adjectiveshadier, shadiest

  • 1Situated in or full of shade.

    ‘shady woods’
    • ‘She led us to the cool, shady, plant-filled sanctuary of a monk's cell.’
    • ‘Set the pots in a cool, shady area, wet the soil, and cover with wood shavings or other mulch; water to make damp.’
    • ‘If you must delay the canning of other fresh produce, keep it in a shady, cool place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you're looking for a tough ground cover for a shady area, bugleweed is one of the best.’
    • ‘Keep the structure low, and cantilever the roof overhangs to cool the house and create shady outdoor areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These two techniques combine to make the porch shady and cool.’
    • ‘If it's too shady they won't receive enough sunlight to make them flower properly.’
    • ‘Neither do they need them for cooling off - they prefer shady places for that.’
    • ‘Shan houses are traditionally raised up on stilts, with the area underneath used for storage or a cool, shady place to sit.’
    • ‘The only major pests of hostas are slugs, which thrive in the moist, cool, shady areas that hostas love.’
    • ‘Nick emerged from the shady inn into bright sunlight, blinking as his eyes adjusted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Put them out in a shady, protected place for a few hours (say, mid-morning to early afternoon).’
    • ‘Plant Hydrangea petiolaris in a large shady area as ground cover and encourage it to sprawl, not climb.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Immediately take the person out of direct sunlight immediately to a cooler, shady spot - optimally an air-conditioned room - and call for medical help.’
    • ‘It brings the feel of sunlight into a shady spot.’
    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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The garden had always been cool, shady and inviting.’
      • ‘Ornamental pears along the fence will grow into a shady privacy screen.’
    2. 1.2informal Of doubtful honesty or legality.
      ‘he was involved in his grandmother's shady deals’
      • ‘This is no cryptic message sent by shady characters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And the conversation quickly turned to what a shady character he was.’
      • ‘There's a side plot involving some shady characters, but it's not explored or explained enough to hold these lackluster episodes together.’
      • ‘Because she did not suspect a shady deal was brewing, when she found out the loan was approved, she signed on the dotted line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both were highly corrupt and the smart writer proved an excellent handyman to put through their deals, shady and otherwise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mastering his distaste with a grimace, he has to do a shady business deal with an expatriate Cockney superlad played by Ray Winstone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their estimable credits aside, the two were classic movie-world shady characters.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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