Shad·y a. [Compar. Shadier superl. Shadiest.]
1. Abounding in shade or shades; overspread with shade; causing shade.
The shady trees cover him with their shadow. --Job. xl. 22.
And Amaryllis fills the shady groves. --Dryden.
2. Sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat.
Cast it also that you may have rooms shady for summer and warm for winter. --Bacon.
3. Of or pertaining to shade or darkness; hence, unfit to be seen or known; of questionable character; unsavory; equivocal; dubious, corrupt, or criminal; as, a shady character; -- of people or activities. [Colloq.] “A shady business.”
Shady characters, disreputable, criminal. --London Spectator.
On the shady side of, on the thither side of; as, on the shady side of fifty; that is, more than fifty. [Colloq.]
To keep shady, to stay in concealment; also, to be reticent. [Slang]
adj 1: of businesses and businessmen; "a fly-by-night operation"
2: of questionable taste or morality; "a louche nightclub"; "a
louche painting" [syn: louche]
3: not as expected; "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" [syn: fishy, funny, queer,
4: filled with shade; "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"
[syn: shadowed, shadowy, umbrageous]
[also: shadiest, shadier]