shadowy

[shad-oh-ee]
adjective, shadowier, shadowiest.
1.
resembling a shadow in faintness, slightness, etc.: shadowy outlines.
2.
unsubstantial, unreal, or illusory: shadowy preoccupations.
3.
abounding in shadow; shady: a shadowy path.
4.
enveloped in shadow.
5.
casting a shadow.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English shadewy. See shadow, -y1

shadowiness, noun
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shadowy (ˈʃædəʊɪ)
 
adj
1.  full of shadows; dark; shady
2.  resembling a shadow in faintness; vague
3.  illusory or imaginary
4.  mysterious or secretive: a shadowy underworld figure
 
'shadowiness
 
n

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shadowy
"transitory, fleeting, unreal," late 14c.; see shadow.
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Example sentences
On a deep-sea vessel, scientists dropped traps and nets to obtain a glimmer of
  the life that exists in the shadowy depths.
Lizards gazed at us, then skittered into shadowy cracks.
The shadowy surround of the joint may be uric acid crystals.
Others seem to incorporate both past and future events in an odd, shadowy
  collage.
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