adjective \ˈshif-tē\

: having an appearance or way of behaving that seems dishonest

: difficult to catch : able to move and change directions quickly


Full Definition of SHIFTY

:  full of or ready with expedients :  resourceful
a :  given to deception, evasion, or fraud :  tricky
b :  capable of evasive movement :  elusive <a shifty boxer>
:  indicative of a tricky nature <shifty eyes>
shift·i·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
shift·i·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SHIFTY

  1. <shifty politicians making deals to channel federal funds into their districts>
  2. <shifty practices such as turning back the odometers on used cars>

First Known Use of SHIFTY

circa 1570

Rhymes with SHIFTY


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