Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shady”


adjective     /ˈʃeɪdi/ informal disapproving
likely to be illegal or dishonest: The company got involved in some rather shady business deals. We always felt he was a very shady character.
(Definition of shady adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of shady

More Business English definitions for “shady”

Definitions of “shady” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

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