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shady

[shey-dee] /ˈʃeɪ di/
adjective, shadier, shadiest.
1.
abounding in shade; shaded:
shady paths.
2.
giving shade:
a shady tree.
3.
shadowy; indistinct; spectral.
4.
of dubious character; rather disreputable:
shady dealings.
Idioms
5.
on the shady side of, Informal. beyond (the specified age); more than:
on the shady side of 40.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; shade + -y1
Related forms
shadily, adverb
shadiness, noun
unshadily, adverb
unshadiness, noun
unshady, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shadily

shady

/ˈʃeɪdɪ/
adjective shadier, shadiest
1.
full of shade; shaded
2.
affording or casting a shade
3.
dim, quiet, or concealed
4.
(informal) dubious or questionable as to honesty or legality
Derived Forms
shadily, adverb
shadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shadily
shady
"affording shade, 1579, from shade (q.v.). Meaning "disreputable" (1862) probably is from earlier university slang sense of "of questionable merit, unreliable" (1848).
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