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Definitions for shadowy
ˈʃæd oʊ ishad·owy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shady, shadowed, shadowy, umbrageousadjective

    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"

  2. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispyadjective

    lacking clarity or distinctness

    "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood"

  3. shadowy, wraithlikeadjective

    lacking in substance

    "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler; "dim shadowy forms"; "a wraithlike column of smoke"


  1. shadowyadjective

    In shadow; darkened by shadows.

    He sat in a shadowy corner.

  2. shadowyadjective

    Dark, obscure.

    He was a shadowy man who rarely spoke.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shadowyadjective

    Etymology: from shadow.

    This shadowy desart, unfrequented woods,
    I better brook than flourishing peopled towns. William Shakespeare.

    With shadowy verdure flourish’d high,
    A sudden youth the groves enjoy. Elijah Fenton.

    More pleasant light
    Shadowy sets off the face of things. John Milton.

    When they see
    Law can discover sin, but not remove
    Save by those shadowy expiations weak,
    The blood of bulls and goats; they may conclude
    Some blood more precious must be paid for man. John Milton.

    John Milton has brought into his poems two actors of a shadowy and fictitious nature, in the persons of sin and death; by which he hath interwoven in his fable a very beautiful allegory. Addis.

    By command, e’re yet dim night
    Her shadowy cloud withdraws, I am to haste
    Homeward. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shadowyadjective

    full of shade or shadows; causing shade or shadow

  2. Shadowyadjective

    hence, dark; obscure; gloomy; dim

  3. Shadowyadjective

    not brightly luminous; faintly light

  4. Shadowyadjective

    faintly representative; hence, typical

  5. Shadowyadjective

    unsubstantial; unreal; as, shadowy honor

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shadowy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shadowy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of shadowy in a Sentence

  1. Tirana Hassan:

    The UAE, operating in shadowy conditions in southern Yemen, appears to have created a parallel security structure outside the law, where egregious violations continue to go unchecked, ultimately these violations, which are taking place in the context of Yemen's armed conflict, should be investigated as war crimes.

  2. Brandon Garic Notch:

    The solution typically lies in the stillness at the base of mind within that shadowy place most refuse to look.

  3. Laura Carstensen:

    Unfortunately the recruitment practices of too many businesses still remain trapped in permafrost and that's holding back women and ultimately the companies themselves, the recruitment process to the boards of Britain's top companies remains shadowy and opaque and is acting as a barrier to unleashing female talent.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.

  5. Mike Rogers:

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday at the daily press briefing. Mike Rogers, former chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, weighed in late Friday afternoon. We should not underestimate what this means to our national security, a leading general in Iran just told the world that the United States of America is irrelevant and Russia welcomed him with open arms. Not only do Russia and Iran not fear us, they do not respect us. And that, is dangerous. According to two separate Western intelligence sources, Qassem Soleimani arrived in Moscow on Iran Air flight 5130 from Tehran on July 24, ten days after the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers was announced that included a provision to lift the arms embargo on Iran. Three days later, Secretary of State John Kerry testified about the Iran nuclear deal before the Senate Armed Services Committee, assuring Congress pressure would remain on Iran's shadowy general.

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