An example of shadow is a dark or shaded area on a photograph.
An example of shadow is a pitch dark alley from where a scary figure emerges.
An example of shadow is when your lamp falls in such a way that you a part of the page of your book looks much darker than other parts of the page.
An example of shadow is when you see your silhouette on the ground when you go outside on a sunny day.
An example of shadow is a faithful dog that follows behind you all day.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
An example of shadow is when it looks like war might end and we'll have peace, but then the conflict immediately starts again.
An example of shadow is when you have a tiny little doubt about whether the prison you are about to marry is right for you.
A shadow of things to come.
Under the shadow of their corporate sponsor.
Her face shadowed with sorrow.
I don't have a shadow of doubt in my mind that my plan will succeed. The shadow of fear of my being outed always affects how I live my life. I lived in her shadow my whole life.
He did not give even a shadow of respect to the professor.
He came back from war the shadow of a man.
Looks like that cloud's going to shadow us.
The argument cast a shadow on their friendship.
The leaves of the trees shadowed the ferns below.
He was shadowed by self-doubt.
A shadow government of exiled leaders; a shadow cabinet.
Shadows of things to come.
- Very close to; verging upon.
- Under the influence or domination of.
- In danger of; apparently fated for.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of shadow
- Middle English from Old English sceaduwe oblique case of sceadu shade, shadow
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English schadowe, schadewe, schadwe (also schade > shade), from Old English sceaduwe, sceadwe, oblique form of sceadu (“shadow, shade; darkness; protection"), from Proto-Germanic *skadwaz (“shade, shadow"), from Proto-Indo-European *skot- (“darkness"). Cognate with Scots scaddow, schaddow (“shadow"), Saterland Frisian Skaad (“shade, shadow"), Dutch schaduw (“shadow"), German Schatten (“shadow, shade"), Norwegian skodde (“fog, mist"), Irish scÃ¡th (“shadow"), Ancient Greek ÏƒÎºÏŒÏ„Î¿Ï‚ (skÃ³tos, “darkness, gloom").