from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Shady character or quality: as, the shadiness of the forest; the shadiness of a transaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Quality or state of being shady.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being shady.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
  • noun of questionable honesty or legality


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • (aka the shadiness) and explained that he couldn't deal with it any longer.

  • He is a tireless Community Advocate who has shed the light on a lot of corruption and "shadiness" as he likes to put it at City Hall.

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  • U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, the outgoing chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, cited "shadiness" in the manner in which professional wrestlers obtain TUEs from steroids testing.

  • It is the people that do the job day in and day out and have committed their life to such voacations who know exactly what it takes, and you will find that there is no "shadiness" in the EFD, only dedicated hard working men and women who will give it their all for you and your family when you call.


  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who serves as chair of the Local Agency Formation Commission, frowned at what he characterized as "shadiness" at a March 6 LAFCo meeting, and ultimately moved to hold off on a decision to award a contract that would have pushed things forward with San Francisco's Community Choice Aggregation program.

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  • "He has a crooked cop that he can call on when he's in trouble or when he needs something done and blackmail into helping him out," Roth says, noting that Wallowski's shadiness still doesn't compare to how low Lightman might stoop when he's looking for answers.

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  • Not only is the guy the kind of character we imagine Castle writing, but as a man with friends in high and low places, Castle seems to dabble in shadiness, himself — not a lot, just enough to make him interesting.

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  • The "students" quickly discovered all levels of shadiness: one D. C.-based admissions officer at a trade school claimed barbers can earn up to $250,000 a year, while a Florida-based campus recruiter tried to convince a student that a $14,000 massage therapy certificate was a "good value" even though the same certificate was available at a community college for $520.

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  • Play-Non-Date - a Non-Date that revolves around an inevitable hookup but is not plagued by the shadiness and disrespect of a booty call or one night stand.

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  • Remember Bork! ... "[a Ronald Reagan nominee who was rejected by the Senate.] eastcomom said," My eyes are glazing over out of flat out disbelief at this nominee's shadiness.

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