Definition of shady adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃeɪdi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeɪdi//
    (shadier, shadiest)
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  1. 1protected from direct light from the sun by trees, buildings, etc. a shady garden We went to find somewhere cool and shady to have a drink.
  2. 2(of a tree, etc.) providing shade from the sun
  3. 3[usually before noun] (informal) seeming to be dishonest or illegal a shady businessman/deal a shady character
  4. Extra examples some distinctly shady activities He’s a bit of a shady character. I don’t want anything to do with your shady deals. Put the deckchair in a nice shady corner of the garden. This is a nice shady spot for a picnic.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shady