- 1a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface
- 2an area of darkness created when a source of light is blocked by an object
- 3a reflected image
Using shadow: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shadow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The tree cast a long shadow on the ground.
I saw his shadow on the wall.
The building's shadow covered the entire park.
She noticed a shadow moving behind the curtains.
shadow Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using shadow
to be in a position where someone else is more successful or famous than you are
He has always lived in his father's shadow, struggling to make a name for himself.
Stop chasing shadows and focus on what's important.
His legacy as a great leader cast a long shadow over the country.
Phrases with shadow
There is not a shadow of a doubt that he is guilty.
a person or thing that is much less impressive or successful than they were in the past
After the accident, he was a shadow of his former self.
She was throwing shade at her ex-boyfriend during the party.
Origins of shadow
from Old English 'sceadu'
Summary: shadow in Brief
A 'shadow' [ˈʃædoʊ] is a dark area or shape created by an object blocking a source of light. It can also refer to a reflected image. The term extends into phrases like 'shadow of a doubt,' indicating suspicion, and idioms like 'in someone's shadow,' denoting being overshadowed by someone else. 'Shadow' can also be used in the phrase 'throw shade,' meaning to make a disrespectful comment.