1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A shadowy place is dark or full of shadows.

I watched him from a shadowy corner.

...a broad, shadowy room.

2) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n A shadowy figure or shape is someone or something that you can hardly see because they are in a dark place.

...a tall, shadowy figure silhouetted against the pale wall.

...the shadowy shape of a big barge loaded with logs.

3) ADJ You describe activities and people as shadowy when very little is known about them.

...the shadowy world of spies.

...a shadowy group calling itself the People's Army.


English dictionary. 2008.


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