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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.


  1. shadowy

    A shadow is a dark area where light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. It occupies all of the three-dimensional volume behind an object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or a reverse projection of the object blocking the light.


  1. shadowy

    Shadowy refers to something that is dark and mysterious, difficult to know, understand or identify clearly. It can also mean something that is lacking in brightness, fullness of illumination, unclear, vague, or indistinct. It's often used to describe situations, places, or people associated with secrecy or mystery.

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. Raul Grijalva:

    Too many people have spent their careers pretending that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by shadowy environmental groups and Machiavellian research scientists, the American public knows full well that's not the case.

  3. 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.

  4. 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, and with a manly heart.

  5. Oren Segal:

    Some right-wing extremist groups, particularly the anti-government Oath Keepers, have a long history of recruiting from current and former members of the military and law enforcement, oath Keepers are part of the resurgent militia movement, which believes the federal government has been co-opted by a shadowy conspiracy that is trying to strip American citizens of their rights. Though the Oath Keepers will accept anyone as members, what differentiates them from other anti-government extremist groups is their explicit focus on recruiting current and former military, law enforcement and first responder personnel.

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