(noun, verb)


1. shade within clear boundaries

Definition categories: state, shade, shadiness, shadowiness

2. an unilluminated area

Similar word(s): dark, darkness

Definition categories: location, scene

3. something existing in perception only

Similar word(s): apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom

Definition categories: thought, illusion, semblance

4. a premonition of something adverse

- a shadow over his happiness

Definition categories: feeling, boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment

5. an indication that something has been present

Similar word(s): tincture, trace, vestige

Definition categories: communication, indicant, indication

6. refuge from danger or observation

- he felt secure in his father's shadow

Definition categories: attribute, recourse, refuge, resort

7. a dominating and pervasive presence

- he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father

Definition categories: state, presence

8. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

Similar word(s): shadower, tail

Definition categories: person, follower, spy

9. an inseparable companion

- the poor child was his mother's shadow

Definition categories: person, follower

Sentences with shadow as a noun:

- My shadow lengthened as the sun began to set.

- The X-ray showed a shadow on his lung.

- I immediately jumped into shadow as I saw them approach.

- I don't have a shadow of doubt in my mind that my plan will succeed.

- He did not give even a shadow of respect to the professor.

- He came back from war the shadow of a man.

- the neopagan ritual was only a pale shadow of the ones the Greeks held thousands of years ago

- The constable was promoted to working as a shadow for the Royals.


1. follow, usually without the person's knowledge

- The police are shadowing her

Definition categories: motion, follow

2. cast a shadow over

Similar word(s): shade

Definition categories: weather, darken

3. make appear small by comparison

Similar word(s): dwarf, overshadow

Definition categories: stative, command, dominate, overlook, overtop

Sentences with shadow as a verb:

- Looks like that cloud's going to shadow us.