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Adjective shadowy has 3 senses

  • shadowy(s = adj.all) shadowed, shady, umbrageous - 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"
  • Derived forms noun shadow1, noun shadowiness1
  • shadowy(s = adj.all) dim, faint, vague, wispy - 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"
  • shadowy(s = adj.all) wraithlike - lacking in substance; "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"; "dim shadowy forms"; "a wraithlike column of smoke"
  • Derived form noun shadow3


  •  Full of shade or shadows; causing shade or shadow.  Fenton.  [1913 Webster]
    "This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, dark; obscure; gloomy; dim.  Longfellow.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Not brightly luminous; faintly light.  [1913 Webster]
    "The moon . . . with more pleasing light,
    Shadowy sets off the face things.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Faintly representative; hence, typical.  [1913 Webster]
    "From shadowy types to truth, from flesh to spirit."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Unsubstantial; unreal; as, shadowy honor.  [1913 Webster]
    "Milton has brought into his poems two actors of a shadowy
    and fictitious nature, in the persons of Sin and Death.
    "  [1913 Webster]


shadowy, adj.
1 like or having a shadow.
2 full of shadows.
3 vague, indistinct.

shadowiness n.



air-built, airy, aleatoric, aleatory, amorphous, asomatous, astral, blear, bleared, bleary, blind, blobby, blurred, blurry, bodiless, bosky, bowery, broad, cadaverous, chance, chancy, chaotic, chimerical, clear as mud, cloud-built, cloudy, confused, corpselike, dark, darkling, deathlike, decarnate, decarnated, dim, discarnate, disembodied, disordered, dreamlike, dusky, ectoplasmic, ethereal, etheric, extramundane, faint, fancied, fanciful, fatuitous, fatuous, feeble, filmy, fleeting, foggy, fuzzy, gaseous, general, ghostish, ghostlike, ghostly, ghosty, gloomy, gossamery, half-seen, half-visible, hallucinatory, hazy, hit-or-miss, ill-defined, illusory, imaginary, imagined, immaterial, impalpable, imponderable, imprecise, inaccurate, inchoate, incoherent, inconspicuous, incorporate, incorporeal, indecisive, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminable, indeterminate, indistinct, indistinguishable, inexact, insubstantial, intangible, lax, leafy, loose, low-profile, merely glimpsed, misty, muddy, murky, nebulous, nonmaterial, nonphysical, nonspecific, notional, obscure, obumbrate, obumbrated, occult, opaque, orderless, otherworldly, out of focus, overshaded, overshadowed, pale, penumbral, phantasmal, phantasmic, phantom, phantomic, phantomlike, psychic, random, rarefied, semivisible, shaded, shadow, shadowed forth, shady, shapeless, specterlike, spectral, spiritual, spirituous, stochastic, subtile, subtle, supernatural, sweeping, tenuous, transcendent, transitory, transmundane, umbral, uncertain, unclear, undefined, undestined, undetermined, unearthly, unembodied, unextended, unfleshly, unphysical, unplain, unreal, unrecognizable, unspecified, unsubstantial, unworldly, vague, vaporous, veiled, visionary, weak, windy, wraithlike, wraithy




N inexistence, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nil, negativeness, nullity, nihility, nihilism, tabula rasa, blank, abeyance, absence, no such thing, nonbeing, nothingness, oblivion, annihilation, extinction, extinguishment, extirpation, Nirvana, obliteration, inexistent, nonexistent, negative, blank, missing, omitted, absent, insubstantial, shadowy, spectral, visionary, unreal, potential, virtual, baseless, in nubibus, unsubstantial, vain, unborn, uncreated, unbegotten, unconceived, unproduced, unmade, perished, annihilated extinct, exhausted, gone, lost, vanished, departed, gone with the wind, defunct, fabulous, ideal, supposititious &c, negatively, virtually, non ens.


N unsubstantiality, insubstantiality, nothingness, nihility, no degree, no part, no quantity, no thing, nothing, naught, nil, nullity, zero, cipher, no one, nobody, never a one, ne'er a one, no such thing, none in the world, nothing whatever, nothing at all, nothing on earth, not a particle, all talk, moonshine, stuff and nonsense, matter of no importance, matter of no consequence, thing of naught, man of straw, John Doe and Richard Roe, faggot voter, nominis umbra, nonentity, flash in the pan, vox et praeterea nihil, shadow, phantom, dream, ignis fatuus, such stuff as dreams are made of, air, thin air, vapor, bubble, baseless fabric of a vision, mockery, hollowness, blank, void, inanity, fool's paradise, unsubstantial, baseless, groundless, ungrounded, without foundation, having no foundation, visionary, immaterial, spectral, dreamy, shadowy, ethereal, airy, cloud built, cloud formed, gossamery, illusory, insubstantial, unreal, vacant, vacuous, empty, eviscerated, blank, hollow, nominal, null, inane, there's nothing in it, an ocean of dreams without a sound.


N invisibility, invisibleness, nonappearance, imperceptibility, indistinctness, mystery, delitescence, concealment, latency, invisible, imperceptible, undiscernible, indiscernible, unapparent, non-apparent, out of sight, not in sight, a perte de vue, behind the scenes, behind the curtain, viewless, sightless, inconspicuous, unconspicuous, unseen &c (see), covert, eclipsed, under an eclipse, dim, mysterious, dark, obscure, confused, indistinct, indistinguishable, shadowy, indefinite, undefined, ill- defined, ill-marked, blurred, fuzzy, out of focus, misty, delitescent, hidden, obscured, covered, veiled (concealed), full many a flower is born to blush unseen.

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