- that is or is like a shadow; specif.,
- without reality or substance; illusory
- dim; indistinct
- shaded or full of shadow
- a. Full of or dark with shadow: See Synonyms at dark.b. Casting shadows: shadowy trees.
- Lacking distinctness; faint: shadowy forms in the darkness.
- Lacking substance; unsubstantial: “It would have been the right thing had he gone before it was too late, for then he might have been only a shadowy dream in Edna's life, instead of a consuming reality” (Kate Chopin).
- a. Little known or understood; obscure or mysterious: “Beginnings are apt to be shadowy, and so it is with the first cell, born perhaps more than 3.5 billion years ago” (Jennifer Ackerman).b. Of questionable character; shady: “[He] had a formidable, if shadowy, reputation for his undercover work” (Peter Grose).