Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shadowy”


adjective    /ˈʃæd·oʊ·i/
causing or covered by shadows: Orchids hung from shadowy trees. Shadowy can also mean mysterious: These criminals have built a shadowy network of hard-to-trace bank accounts.
(Definition of shadowy adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of shadowy

Definitions of “shadowy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More