fishy vs shady what difference

what is difference between fishy and shady

English

Etymology

From Middle English fishi, fischey, equivalent to fish +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɪʃi/
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃi

Noun

fishy (plural fishies)

  1. (childish) Diminutive of fish.

Alternative forms

  • fishie

Synonyms

  • fishy wishy

Translations

Adjective

fishy (comparative fishier, superlative fishiest)

  1. Of, from, or similar to fish.
  2. Suspicious; inspiring doubt.
    • 1973, Matt Braun, chapter 5, in El Paso, New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, →ISBN; reprinted New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, July 1999, page 236:
      There was something more to this than met the eye, and he had the distinct feeling that the marshal had just snookered him into a corner. But he couldn’t very well refuse, and it would look fishy if he demanded they march now.
  3. (LGBT slang) Of drag queens: appearing feminine.

Synonyms

  • (of, from, or similar to fish): fishlike, fishly, ichthyic, piscine

Derived terms

  • fishily
  • smell fishy

Related terms

  • fishify

Translations



English

Etymology

From shade +‎ -y. Compare Saterland Frisian skaadich, skaddich (shady), German schattig (shady).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃeɪdi/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdi

Adjective

shady (comparative shadier, superlative shadiest)

  1. Abounding in shades.
  2. Causing shade.
    • The shady trees cover him with their shadow.
  3. Overspread with shade; sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Building
      you may have rooms both for summer and winter; shady for summer, and warm for winter
  4. (informal) Not trustworthy; disreputable.
    He is a shady character.
    • 2009: Stuart Heritage, Hecklerspray, Friday the 22nd of May in 2009 at 1 o’clock p.m., “Jon & Kate Latest: People You Don’t Know Do Crap You Don’t Care About”
      Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a show based on two facts: 1) Jon and Kate Gosselin have eight children, and 2) the word ‘Kate’ rhymes with the word ‘eight’. One suspects that if Kate were ever to have another child, a shady network executive would urge her to put it in a binbag with a brick and drop it down a well. But this is just a horrifying tangent.
  5. (Britain, slang) Mean, cruel.
    Don’t be shady, give us a go.

Synonyms

  • (not trustworthy): corrupt, dodgy, dubious, equivocal, seedy, sketchy, suspicious

Translations

Anagrams

  • dashy

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