[ US /ˈʃædoʊi/ ]
[ UK /ʃˈædə‍ʊi/ ]
  1. lacking clarity or distinctness
    a dim figure in the distance
    only a faint recollection
    shadowy figures in the gloom
    a few wispy memories of childhood
    saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
  2. filled with shade
    cool umbrageous woodlands
    the surface of the pond is dark and shadowed
    we sat on rocks in a shadowy cove
    the shady side of the street
  3. lacking in substance
    dim shadowy forms
    strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds
    a wraithlike column of smoke
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How To Use shadowy In A Sentence

  • Chess takes the place of all the other passions, and the people in his life, including his parents, become shadowy, meaningless figures.
  • Rising up off a stone bench that stood in a shadowy area out of the torchlight was a dark, robed figure. Dragons of Winter Night
  • He stacked the books on pedestals, making three mysterious columns on one side of the shadowy gallery, two on the other.
  • The story, though shadowy, is starting to form in my head, as are the protagonists and antagonists. Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Is NaNo a NoNo?
  • Loosely based on an old Montreal myth about a phantom ship and a shadowy captain (according to the poorly translated English press release), the maze is made up of five connected game zones.
  • You could always join the 9/11 conspiracy mill and churn out another book or website dedicated to the allegation that the “EVIL” George Bush, Dick Cheney – or THE shadowy “right wing caba” is behind the horror of 9/11. Think Progress » Bartlett On Cancelled Maliki Meeting: ‘It Was Going To Be More Of A Social Meeting Anyway’
  • Private investigators have traditionally been perceived as shadowy and devious.
  • One theory is that ‘a male model was daubed with paint and wrapped in the sheet to create the shadowy figure of Christ.’
  • I felt scorches on my arms, and I saw shadowy fingers enclosed around my forearms.
  • A big, majestic study for this sculpture, in pastel, charcoal and acrylic on brown paper, finds two shadowy birds alighting, and a ghostly doubled head, its mouth stretched painfully wide.
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