Meaning of Shady

Hey All,
What does shady mean in that Lenny Kravitz song?
You know: She’s chic,but she’s not shady,yeee

Perhaps he meant vulgar, but I’m not sure, because chic always means elegant and never implies vulgar, as far as I know (which isn’t very far, as you say – I liked that!). I think we can take our pick from among all these thesaurus synonyms :slight_smile: :

Shady (disreputable)
Synonyms: crooked, disgraceful, dishonest, dishonorable, dubious, fishy, ignominious, infamous, inglorious, notorious, questionable, scandalous, shabby, shameful, shifty, shoddy, slippery, suspect, suspicious, underhanded, unethical, unrespectable, unscrupulous, untrustworthy

Blue (vulgar)
Synonyms: bawdy, dirty, indecent, lewd, naughty, obscene, off-color, risqu?, salty, shady, smutty, spicy, suggestive, wicked

Hi Spencer,

Conchita’s got a bunch of good synonyms for ‘shady’ listed.

It seems that Lenny Kravitz was looking for a word that is more or less opposite in meaning to ‘chic’ and ‘elegant’. And ‘shady’ was a good choice because it also rhymes with ‘lady’. :smiley:


Thanks, but if chic means opposite to shady, I wouldn’t say “she’s chic, BUT she’s not shady”
OK, I don’t want to be picky, Lenny says whatever he wants, he’s good anyway.
Thanks for the answers