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shad·ow·y

 (shăd′ō-ē)
adj. shad·ow·i·er, shad·ow·i·est
1.
a. Full of or dark with shadow: See Synonyms at dark.
b. Casting shadows: shadowy trees.
2. Lacking distinctness; faint: shadowy forms in the darkness.
3. Lacking substance; unsubstantial: "It would have been the right thing had he gone before it was too late, for then he might have been only a shadowy dream in Edna's life, instead of a consuming reality" (Kate Chopin).
4.
a. Little known or understood; obscure or mysterious: "Beginnings are apt to be shadowy, and so it is with the first cell, born perhaps more than 3.5 billion years ago" (Jennifer Ackerman).
b. Of questionable character; shady: "[He] had a formidable, if shadowy, reputation for his undercover work" (Peter Grose).

shad′ow·i·ly adv.
shad′ow·i·ness n.

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.
ˈshadowiness n

shad•ow•y

(ˈʃæd oʊ i)

adj. -ow•i•er, -ow•i•est.
1. resembling a shadow in faintness, slightness, etc.
2. unsubstantial or illusory.
3. abounding in shade or shadows.
[1325–75]
shad′ow•i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shadowy - filled with shadeshadowy - 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"
shaded - protected from heat and light with shade or shadow; "shaded avenues"; "o'er the shaded billows rushed the night"- Alexander Pope
2.shadowy - 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"
indistinct - not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand; "indistinct shapes in the gloom"; "an indistinct memory"; "only indistinct notions of what to do"
3.shadowy - lacking in substance; "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler; "dim shadowy forms"; "a wraithlike column of smoke"
insubstantial, unsubstantial, unreal - lacking material form or substance; unreal; "as insubstantial as a dream"; "an insubstantial mirage on the horizon"

shadowy

adjective
1. dark, shaded, dim, gloomy, shady, obscure, murky, dusky, funereal, crepuscular, tenebrous, tenebrious I watched him from a shadowy corner.

shadowy

adjective
1. Full of shade:
2. Not clearly perceived or perceptible:
Translations
ظَليل، مُعْتِمغَيْر واضِح المَعالِم
stinnývágní
skyggefuld
árnyékos
óskÿr, óljósskuggsæll

shadowy

[ˈʃædəʊɪ] ADJ
1. (= ill-lit) → oscuro, tenebroso; (= blurred) → indistinto, vago, indefinido
a shadowy formun bulto, una sombra
2. (= mysterious) → oscuro, misterioso
the shadowy world of espionageel oscuro or misterioso mundo del espionaje

shadowy

[ˈʃædəʊi] adj
(= shadowed) [place, area] → ombragé(e)
(= indistinct) [figure, presence] → indistinct(e)

shadowy

adjschattig; (= blurred) outline, formschattenhaft, verschwommen; (= vague) thought, fearunbestimmt, vage; a shadowy figure (lit)eine schemenhafte Gestalt; (fig)eine undurchsichtige Gestalt; the shadowy world of espionagedie dunkle Welt der Spionage; a shadowy existenceein undurchsichtiges Dasein

shadowy

[ˈʃædəʊɪ] adj (form, figure) → indistinto/a, vago/a; (place) → pieno/a di ombre

shadow

(ˈʃӕdəu) noun
1. (a patch of) shade on the ground etc caused by an object blocking the light. We are in the shadow of that building.
2. (in plural with the) darkness or partial darkness caused by lack of (direct) light. The child was afraid that wild animals were lurking in the shadows at the corner of his bedroom.
3. a dark patch or area. You look tired – there are shadows under your eyes.
4. a very slight amount. There's not a shadow of doubt that he stole the money.
verb
1. to hide or darken with shadow. A broad hat shadowed her face.
2. to follow closely, especially as a detective, spy etc. We shadowed him for a week.
ˈshadowy adjective
1. full of shadows. shadowy corners.
2. dark and indistinct. A shadowy figure went past.
ˈshadowiness noun
worn to a shadow
made thin and weary through eg hard work. She was worn to a shadow after months of nursing her sick husband.
References in classic literature ?
Beth ate no more, but crept away to sit in her shadowy corner and brood over the delight to come, till the others were ready.
In the presence of George Willard, Wing Bid- dlebaum, who for twenty years had been the town mystery, lost something of his timidity, and his shadowy personality, submerged in a sea of doubts, came forth to look at the world.
Circling and wheeling about in the camp clearing were many of the black shadowy forms that had caused Ned such alarm.
It moved her to dreams, to thoughtfulness, to the shadowy anguish which had overcome her the midnight when she had abandoned herself to tears.
The mountain breeze had by this time possessed the stifling valleys and heated bars of the river in its strong, cold embraces; the equilibrium of Nature was restored, and a shadowy mist rose from the hollow.
The many lattices, with their small, diamond-shaped panes, admitted the sunlight into hall and chamber, while, nevertheless, the second story, projecting far over the base, and itself retiring beneath the third, threw a shadowy and thoughtful gloom into the lower rooms.
at once shadowy and sensual, A tender loin of beef, a hind-quarter of veal, a spare-rib of pork, a particular chicken, or a remarkably praiseworthy turkey, which had perhaps adorned his board in the days of the elder Adams, would be remembered; while all the subsequent experience of our race, and all the events that brightened or darkened his individual career, had gone over him with as little permanent effect as the passing breeze.
Just then the shadowy object of alarm put itself in motion, and with a scramble and a bound stood at once in the middle of the road.
This circumstance, coupled with his ambiguous, half-hinting, half-revealing, shrouded sort of talk, now begat in me all kinds of vague wonderments and half-apprehensions, and all connected with the Pequod; and Captain Ahab; and the leg he had lost; and the Cape Horn fit; and the silver calabash; and what Captain Peleg had said of him, when I left the ship the day previous; and the prediction of the squaw Tistig; and the voyage we had bound ourselves to sail; and a hundred other shadowy things.
The word rang through him like the sound of a bell, echoing in the far depths of him, making forgotten chords to vibrate, old shadowy fears to stir--fears of the dark, fears of the void, fears of annihilation.
In fact, if not exactly a believer in the doctrine of the efficiency of the extra good works of saints, he really seemed somehow or other to fancy that his wife had piety and benevolence enough for two--to indulge a shadowy expectation of getting into heaven through her superabundance of qualities to which he made no particular pretension.
The geologist has discovered that the figures of serpents, griffins, flying dragons, and other fanciful embellishments of heraldry, have their prototypes in the forms of fossil species which were extinct before man was created, and hence "indicate a faint and shadowy knowledge of a previous state of organic existence.