Etymology
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shadowy (adj.)

late 14c., shadwi, shadewy, "full of shadows, shaded," also "transitory, fleeting, unreal" ("resembling a shadow); see shadow (n.) + -y (2). From 1797 as "faintly perceptible." Related: Shadowiness. Old English had sceadwig "shady." Caxton offers shadowous.

updated on July 22, 2022

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Definitions of shadowy from WordNet

shadowy (adj.)
filled with shade;
we sat on rocks in a shadowy cove
Synonyms: shady / shadowed / umbrageous
shadowy (adj.)
lacking clarity or distinctness;
shadowy figures in the gloom
Synonyms: dim / faint / vague / wispy
shadowy (adj.)
lacking in substance; "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler;
dim shadowy forms
Synonyms: wraithlike
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