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Definition 1: quiet, dark, or concealed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where shady or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her shady past intrigued him
  • a shady part of town

(shady is similar to ...) hidden on any grounds for any motive

"a concealed weapon" "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"

Definition 2: of questionable honesty or legality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where shady or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He established a dummy company through which he laundered vast sums of cash from shady middlemen and arms dealers

(shady is similar to ...) deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive

(shady is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 3: not as expected - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where shady or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was something fishy about the accident
  • up to some funny business
  • some definitely queer goings-on
  • a shady deal
  • her motives were suspect
  • suspicious behavior

Synonyms for shady in the sense of this definition

(shady is similar to ...) subject to question

"questionable motives" "a questionable reputation" "a fire of questionable origin"

(shady is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 4: filled with shade - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where shady or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the shady side of the street
  • the surface of the pond is dark and shadowed
  • we sat on rocks in a shadowy cove
  • cool umbrageous woodlands

Synonyms for shady in the sense of this definition

(shady is similar to ...) protected from heat and light with shade or shadow

"shaded avenues" "o'er the shaded billows rushed the night"

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