shadier, shadiest
1) ADJ-GRADED You can describe a place as shady when you like the fact that it is sheltered from bright sunlight, for example by trees or buildings.

After flowering, place the pot in a shady spot in the garden...

The rooms are admirably cool and shady after the hot brown monotony of the countryside.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Shady trees provide a lot of shade.

Clara had been reading in a lounge chair under a shady tree.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) You can describe activities as shady when you think that they might be dishonest or illegal. You can also use shady to describe people who are involved in such activities.

In the 1980s, the company was notorious for shady deals...

Joseph watched a shady-looking bunch playing cards aboard a Mississippi steamer.

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