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shifty

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adjective \ˈshif-tē\

Simple Definition of shifty

  • : having an appearance or way of behaving that seems dishonest

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

Full Definition of shifty

shift·i·ershift·i·est

  1. 1 :  full of or ready with expedients :  resourceful

  2. 2a :  given to deception, evasion, or fraud :  trickyb :  capable of evasive movement :  elusive <a shifty boxer>

  3. 3 :  indicative of a tricky nature <shifty eyes>

shift·i·ly play \-tə-lē\ adverb
shift·i·ness play \-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>



Circa 1570

First Known Use of shifty

circa 1570

Rhymes with shifty


SHIFTY Defined for Kids

shifty

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adjective \ˈshif-tē\

Definition of shifty

shift·i·ershift·i·est

  1. :  not worthy of trust :  causing suspicion <a shifty character>





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