• WordNet 3.6
    • adj shadowy filled with shade "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"
    • adj shadowy lacking in substance "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler","dim shadowy forms","a wraithlike column of smoke"
    • adj shadowy lacking clarity or distinctness "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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shadowy Faintly representative; hence, typical. "From shadowy types to truth, from flesh to spirit."
    • Shadowy Full of shade or shadows; causing shade or shadow. "Shadowy verdure.""This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods."
    • Shadowy Hence, dark; obscure; gloomy; dim. "The shadowy past."
    • Shadowy Not brightly luminous; faintly light. "The moon . . . with more pleasing light, Shadowy sets off the face things."
    • Shadowy Unsubstantial; unreal; as, shadowy honor. "Milton has brought into his poems two actors of a shadowy and fictitious nature, in the persons of Sin and Death."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shadowy Full of, causing, or affording shadow or shade; shady; hence, dark; gloomy.
    • shadowy Faintly representative; typical.
    • shadowy Like a shadow; hence, ghostlike; unsubstantial; unreal; obscure; dim.
    • shadowy Indulging in fancies or dreamy imaginations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Shadowy full of shadow: dark: obscure: typical: unsubstantial:
    • adj Shadowy (rare) indulging in fancies
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  • Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus
    “No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceadu; cog. with Old High Ger. scato, and perh. Gr. skotos, darkness, skia, shadow.


In literature:

We need not look, then, for shadowy gropings along the dramatic path.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
At all events, as far as the great facts of history go, the kindred is of the vaguest and most shadowy kind.
"Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists" by James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
The little villages high up are just as white, the mountains just as grey and shadowy when evening falls.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The window shades in the study were half drawn so that in the late afternoon the room was shadowy.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
A moment later shadowy figures moved in the darkness.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
A shadowy figure appeared at the corner of the stable.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
He examined the shadowy corners where the light of the candles did not reach.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
Reaching bottom, they glided about in the shadowy green water, embedding the plants at far-spaced intervals.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
Therefore let her arise day after day to the same prospect of sky, and sea, and busy street, and silent, shadowy church-yard.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864" by Various
She felt that those shadowy woods were less sinister than man.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
He remained motionless gazing at the shadowy opening.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
It was the hurrying, shadowy man of the hillside.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Seems dim and shadowy.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Mr Smith's rigid, extended body looked shadowy too, shadowy and alive.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
His habitual, shadowy smile was ready when he felt it to be due.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Through this shadowy forest we kept on, but as no game of any kind was seen we soon became tired of it, as we had been of the palms.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
You see, you have been over snow-barred divides and through great shadowy forests with me.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Now and then a fresher gust swept off the shadowy coast and the water frothed in angry ripples about the launch.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Shadowy twilight was already creeping up, the distant waves of the forest were clothed in darkening mists, but they did not stop.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Finally, the shadowy island loomed up.
"Dan Carter and the River Camp" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

Let no one fondly dream again,
That Hope and all her shadowy train
Will not decay;
Fleeting as were the dreams of old,
Remembered like a tale that's told,
They pass away.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Stranger, whose eyes the shadowy isle survey,
As the black steamer dashes through the bay,
Why ask his buried secret to divine?
He was thy brother; speak, and tell us thine!
"The Exile’s Secret" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Wide o'er the waves her shadowy veil she draws,
As faint they die along the distant shores;
Through the still air I mark each solemn pause,
Each rising murmur which the wild wave pours.
"Evening" by Ann Radcliffe
I long for shadowy founts, where the birds
Twitter and chirp at noon from every tree;
I long for blossomed leaves and lowing herds;
And Nature's voices say in mystic words,
"The green fields wait for thee."
"A Summer Longing" by George Arnold
When plung'd in visionary woes,
What joy the waking hour bestows,
When clasp'd in Friendship's fond embrace,
And gazing on the long-known face,
She gently wipes the falling tear,
Prepar'd to wet her shadowy bier!
"To Sleep" by Maria Logan
Lo! from a shadowy cloud, a hand
Stretches afar a fiery brand,
O'er that doom'd bark; and there,
Along its blade in letters seven,
That fill with ghastly light the heaven,
All horror-shook, they trace the word "Despair!"
"A Fragment" by Peter John Allan

In news:

Epidemics followed the Spanish arrival in the New World, but the worst killer may have been a shadowy native—a killer that could still be out there.
Billionaires, shadowy groups fuel pricey election.
Experts recognize that human trafficking crimes occur on the shadowy edges of daily existence.
Shadowy San Francisco duo finds clarity in their shoegaze squall .
When viewers first encounter Regina and Lucien, they're together in a shadowy forest hunting for mushrooms.
Gaslight Ben Katchor's new graphic novel is set in a shadowy New York of the 1830's.
Call it a shadowy world, suggest not enough light has yet to be shed on it.
NASA spacecraft confirms ice at shadowy north pole of Mercury , closest planet to sun.
Nine years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden's network remains a shadowy, little-understood enemy.
Witnesses say the militia has unleashed its violence in shadowy nighttime raids, attacking suspected opposition sympathizers with axes, daggers, sticks and other crude weapons.
The Shadowy Underworld of Art.
Shadowy Knoxville donor behind record 'super' PAC checks.
Shadowy group shows that Prop 32 is a phony reform.
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WASHINGTON — Billionaires, anonymous donors and shadowy outside groups funneled enormous amounts of money into this year's federal elections, as the cost of the presidential campaign surged past $2 billion and is expected to set a record.

In science:

Archimedes of Syracuse (c. 287-212 BC) is a less shadowy figure than Euclid, but our knowledge of his mathematical work is similarly indirect.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots
And, by applying the mathematical ideas to the physical situations we have, we have gained a shadowy glimpse into much fuller and richer structure of fundamental physical theories.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
In the last case, we decided that due to the very monochromatic & slightly-shadowy nature of the imagery, the Cortical Interest Map algorithm non-intuitively decided to concentrate its interest on differences in intensity, and it tended to ignore hue and saturation.
Field Geology with a Wearable Computer: First Results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System
Within the dark wet spots, we observe that these particular points in the white segment of the intensity segmentation in Fig. 5 are interesting because they reside in the shadowy areas of the dark & wet spots.
Field Geology with a Wearable Computer: First Results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System
Within the dark wet spots, we observe that these particular points in the white segment of the intensity segmentation in Fig. 7 are interesting because they reside in the shadowy areas of the dark & wet spots.
Field geology with a wearable computer: 1st results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System