1. [ adjective ] filled with shade
Synonyms: shadowed umbrageous shady

"the shady side of the street" "the surface of the pond is dark and shadowed" "we sat on rocks in a shadowy cove" "cool umbrageous woodlands"

Related terms: shaded
2. [ adjective ] lacking clarity or distinctness
Synonyms: faint dim vague wispy

"a dim figure in the distance" "only a faint recollection" "shadowy figures in the gloom" "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog" "a few wispy memories of childhood"

Related terms: indistinct
3. [ adjective ] lacking in substance
Synonyms: wraithlike

"strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler "dim shadowy forms" "a wraithlike column of smoke"

Related terms: insubstantial
Similar spelling:   shadow