Shady
Shady Shad"y, a. [Compar. {Shadier}; superl. {Shadiest}.] 1. Abounding in shade or shades; overspread with shade; causing shade. [1913 Webster]

The shady trees cover him with their shadow. --Job. xl. 22. [1913 Webster]

And Amaryllis fills the shady groves. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat. [1913 Webster]

Cast it also that you may have rooms shady for summer and warm for winter. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. Of or pertaining to shade or darkness; hence, unfit to be seen or known; of questionable character; unsavory; equivocal; dubious, corrupt, or criminal; as, a shady character; -- of people or activities. [Colloq.] ``A shady business.'' --London Sat. Rev.

Shady characters, disreputable, criminal. --London Spectator. [1913 Webster]

{On the shady side of}, on the thither side of; as, on the shady side of fifty; that is, more than fifty. [Colloq.]

{To keep shady}, to stay in concealment; also, to be reticent. [Slang] [1913 Webster]


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