What does Shady mean?

Shady means Disreputable

When you hear someone being called shady, it means this person is believed to be dishonest, untrustworthy, or involved in some fishy business. It’s a term used to describe activities that are suspicious and people who are not playing by the rules. Say, for instance, a street vendor trying to sell you a ‘brand new’ phone that’s actually a knock-off – both the vendor and the deal can be called shady.

The term shady originates from the idea that people who engage in dubious activities often prefer to do so out of sight, under the cover of darkness or ‘shade’. Thus, their actions and they themselves have come to be known as shady.

It’s important not to confuse ‘being shady’ with ‘throwing shade’. Even though these phrases sound alike, they don’t mean the same thing. Basically, ‘being shady’ is about questionable behavior, while ‘throwing shade’ is about dissing or disrespecting someone.

Example for using ‘Shady’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about that new store that opened downtown?

Yeah, I heard some shady things about it. Apparently, they sell counterfeit goods.

What? That’s not good at all! We should warn others about it.

Definitely! We don’t want anyone getting scammed.