Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of shade; shaded.
  • adj. Casting shade: a shady grove.
  • adj. Quiet, dark, or concealed; hidden.
  • adj. Of dubious character or honesty; questionable. See Synonyms at dark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Abounding in shades.
  • adj. Causing shade.
  • adj. Overspread with shade; sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat.
  • adj. Not trustworthy; Unfit to be seen or known.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding in shade or shades; overspread with shade; causing shade.
  • adj. Sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to shade or darkness

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding with or affording shade.
  • Sheltered from glare or sultry heat; shaded: as, a shady place.
  • Such as cannot bear the light; of doubtful honesty or morality: as, a shady transaction.

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

  • adj. (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous
  • adj. filled with shade
  • adj. not as expected
  • adj. of questionable taste or morality

Etymologies

shade +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Over the years, Bud Billings had some -- well, I mean, I ` ll use the term shady, maybe operating on the fringe of legality, with the used car business, pawnshops, running strip joints, that sort of thing.

    CNN Transcript Aug 18, 2009

  • I wear my seatbelt, don't smoke, eat healthy, use a water filter and carry a dummy wallet with fake credit cards and funny money whenever I'm in "shady" areas and hope I get pick pocketed.

    Ripped Off. Read My story

  • It is not uncommon for certain shady dealing to go on for years, with a small group of critics but never really breaking out into the media.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Could This Be The Tipping Point for Arpaio and Thomas?

  • Rendezvous, after all, does occasionally call to mind spies meeting in shady corners swapping secrets, or something … more illicitly dodgy than I think you may like.

    à titre d’information…

  • Even the birds and squirrels did not dare the sun, but sheltered in shady hiding places among the trees.

    War

  • Republicans for their part are trying now to turn the tables, for example, hitting Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for what the GOP calls a shady land deal.

    CNN Transcript Oct 13, 2006

  • JOHNS: Republicans are trying to conjure up some bad luck for Democrats, hitting Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for what the GOP calls a shady land deal.

    CNN Transcript Oct 13, 2006

  • JOHNS: Republicans are trying to conjure up some bad luck for Democrats, hitting Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid for what the GOP calls a shady land deal.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2006

  • Secret deals are called shady deals and Abhisit is seeing the result of such deals.

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  • Perkins issued a letter last week officially calling the shady bonds "effectively worthless," since they were sold as tax-free bonds, and they are clearly not tax free.

    WN.com - Business News

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