1. Full of shade or shadows; causing shade or shadow. Shadowy verdure. This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods. (Shak)
2. Hence, dark; obscure; gloomy; dim. The shadowy past.
3. Not brightly luminous; faintly light. The moon . . . With more pleasing light, Shadowy sets off the face things. (milton)
4. Faintly representative; hence, typical. From sshadowy types to truth, from flesh to spirit. (milton)
5. Unsubstantial; unreal; as, shadowy honor. Milton has brought into his poems two actors of a shadowy and fictitious nature, in the persons of sin and death. (Addison)