Definition of shifty
shiftilyplay \-tə-lē\ adverb
shiftinessplay \-tē-nəs\ noun
Examples of shifty in a Sentence
shifty politicians making deals to channel federal funds into their districts
shifty practices such as turning back the odometers on used cars
Recent Examples of shifty from the Web
Louisville City coach James O'Connor brought in some reinforcements up front, with the burly Luke Spencer and the shifty and skilled on the ball Cameron Lancaster coming into the game.
Hatteras Island's shifty, sandy shoreline—is often considered the pinnacle for fishing in the Outer Banks, and a hotbed for surfing and shelling, too.
Racing in shifty breezes off Bermuda in front of a fleet of hundreds of spectator boats, the Kiwis were faster off the starting line in both races, leaping ahead on the early legs and maintaining comfortable leads around the course.
Among forwards who could be available, Tippett is a natural scorer and excellent skater capable of throwing off opponents with shifty moves.
Strengths: Combo guard with very good shooting mechanics and a quick release. ... Extremely reliable shooter with his feet set. ... Shifty and creative off the dribble. ...
For while the shifty suits remain at least one inch too large for his wiry frame, Corbyn’s certainly turned a corner in the long old road to chic.
Abbott, so natural and nuanced on screen in James White and on stage in the wonderfully unsettling play John, once again shades his character with hints of latent menace and shifty unknowability.
The fifth-round pick has shown off his shifty moves, natural hands and unique playmaking ability in nearly every OTA practice so far.
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First Known Use of shifty
SHIFTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shifty for English Language Learners
: having an appearance or way of behaving that seems dishonest
: difficult to catch : able to move and change directions quickly
SHIFTY Defined for Kids
Definition of shifty for Students
: not worthy of trust : causing suspicion a shifty character
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