shifty

adjective \ ˈshif-tē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of shifty

shiftier; shiftiest
1 : full of or ready with expedients : resourceful
2 a : given to deception, evasion, or fraud : tricky
b : capable of evasive movement : elusive
  • a shifty boxer
3 : indicative of a tricky nature
  • shifty eyes

shiftily

play \ˈshif-tə-lē\ adverb

shiftiness

play \ˈshif-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shifty in a Sentence

  1. shifty politicians making deals to channel federal funds into their districts

  2. shifty practices such as turning back the odometers on used cars

Recent Examples of shifty from the Web

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First Known Use of shifty

circa 1570


SHIFTY Defined for English Language Learners

shifty

adjective

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

shifty

adjective \ ˈshif-tē \

Definition of shifty for Students

shiftier; shiftiest
: not worthy of trust : causing suspicion
  • a shifty character


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