shifty

[ shif-tee ]
/ ˈʃɪf ti /

adjective, shift·i·er, shift·i·est.

resourceful; fertile in expedients.
given to or full of evasions; tricky.
suggesting a deceptive or evasive character: a shifty look.

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Origin of shifty

First recorded in 1560–70; shift + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM shifty

shift·i·ly, adverbshift·i·ness, nounun·shift·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shifty

shifty
/ (ˈʃɪftɪ) /

adjective shiftier or shiftiest

given to evasions; artful
furtive in character or appearance
full of expedients; resourceful

Derived forms of shifty

shiftily, adverbshiftiness, noun
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