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shifty

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of shifty

  1. 1 given to acting in secret and to concealing one's intentions shifty politicians making deals to channel federal funds into their districts Synonyms furtive, shady, sneaky, slippery, sly, sneaking, stealthyRelated Words artful, crafty, cunning, devious, foxy, guileful, slick, wily; close, closemouthed, reticent, secretive; clandestine, covert, dark; deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, devious, duplicitous, trickish, tricky, underhand, underhanded; cheating, crooked, defrauding, dishonest, dissembling, double-dealing, knavish, two-faced; lying, mendacious, untrustworthy, untruthful; insidious, perfidious, serpentine, treacherousNear Antonyms aboveboard, forthright, plainspoken, straightforward; candid, direct, foursquare, frank, open, plain; honest, trustworthy, truthful

  2. 2 given to or marked by cheating and deception shifty practices such as turning back the odometers on used cars Synonyms bent [chiefly British], crooked, deceptive, double-dealing, duplicitous, fast, fraudulent, guileful, rogue, shady, sharp, dishonest, underhand, underhandedRelated Words unconscionable, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, false; artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, foxy, slick, sly, subtle, wily; defrauding, devious, furtive, slippery, sneaking, sneaky, trickish, tricky; insidious, perfidious, treacherousNear Antonyms conscientious, decent, ethical, honorable, just, scrupulous, upright; forthright, straightforwardAntonyms aboveboard, honest, straight



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