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Shadow

Shadow is an English word used to refer to a dark figure or image cast on the ground by something that blocks the light, such as a body or an object; it can also be used to refer to something or someplace that is dark and gloomy. The word comes from Old English sceaduwe (shadow; shade) via Proto-Germanic *skadwaz (shadow) derived from PIE root word *(s)ḱeh₃- (darkness, shadow).

Shadow is also an English surname of unknown origin, or it used to be an English surname before dying out. Perhaps it became Shade, which may have originated as either a nickname for a very thin man, or as a locational name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English sceadan (to divide, separate) via a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Shado (English)
  • Shadoe (English)

 

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