- a) Having the appearance of someone dishonest, criminal or unreliable; such as someone with shifty eyes.
He was a shifty character in a seedy bar and I checked my wallet was still there after talking to him.b) Subject to frequent changes in direction.
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Shifty — Shift y, a. Full of, or ready with, shifts; fertile in expedients or contrivance. Wright. [1913 Webster] Shifty and thrifty as old Greek or modern Scot, there were few things he could not invent, and perhaps nothing he could not endure. C.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
shifty — shifty; make·shifty; … English syllables
shifty — index dishonest, disingenuous, evasive, fraudulent, furtive, machiavellian, perfidious, sly, subtle ( … Law dictionary
shifty — (adj.) 1570, able to manage for oneself, from SHIFT (Cf. shift) (v.) in secondary sense + Y (Cf. y) (2). Meaning using dishonest methods first recorded 1837 … Etymology dictionary
shifty — [adj] deceitful, untrustworthy cagey, collusive, conniving, contriving, crafty, crooked, cunning, devious, dishonest, dodging, duplicitous, elusive, equivocating, evasive, flyby night*, foxy, fraudulent, furtive, insidious, lying, mendacious,… … New thesaurus
shifty — ► ADJECTIVE (shiftier, shiftiest) informal ▪ deceitful or evasive. DERIVATIVES shiftily adverb shiftiness noun … English terms dictionary
shifty — [shif′tē] adj. shiftier, shiftiest 1. Now Rare full of shifts or expedients; resourceful 2. having or showing a tricky or deceitful nature; evasive shiftily adv. shiftiness n … English World dictionary
Shifty — wiktionarypar|shiftyShifty may refer to: * Shifty Shellshock (b. 1974), American nu metal singer * Shifty Records, South African record label * Shifty Records (USA), American record label specializing in metal * Shifty, a fictional character in… … Wikipedia
shifty — UK [ˈʃɪftɪ] / US adjective Word forms shifty : adjective shifty comparative shiftier superlative shiftiest informal looking dishonest shifty eyes … English dictionary
shifty — adjective (shiftier; est) Date: circa 1570 1. full of or ready with expedients ; resourceful 2. a. given to deception, evasion, or fraud ; tricky b. capable of evasive movement ; elusive < a shif … New Collegiate Dictionary