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adj. shad·ow·i·er, shad·ow·i·est
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).
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.
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Noun1.shadowiness - relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque bodyshadowiness - relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body; "it is much cooler in the shade"; "there's too much shadiness to take good photographs"
semidarkness - partial darkness
shadow - shade within clear boundaries
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(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.
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.
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References in classic literature ?
There was just that shadowiness about them which you find in people whose lives are part of the social organism, so that they exist in it and by it only.
In exploring the spaces of urbanism in Ciudad Juarez, lightness and darkness, opacity and shadowiness, become central motifs.