adjective, shift·i·er, shift·i·est.
- shifting cultivation,
- shifting spanner,
- shiga-kruse bacillus,
- shigella boydii,
- shigella dysenteriae,
- shigella flexneri
Origin of shifty
Examples from the Web for shifty
Through some shifty maneuvering, I cut the line and managed to be one of the first ones in.Partying With the Golden Globes Stars: Taylor Swift Cuts a Rug, Ben Affleck Holds Court, and More|Marlow Stern|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whether you like or loathe the AMC mystery, you love Holder, the shifty cop played by Joel Kinnaman.
His lower face is brutal, his eyes small and shifty, and ugly straight lines run across his low forehead.While the Billy Boils|Henry Lawson
The eyes were restless and shifty, giving him an appearance of uneasiness.Gabriel Tolliver|Joel Chandler Harris
Conboy looked at him with quick flashing of his shifty eyes.Trail's End|George W. Ogden
Her eyes were shifty with the habit of fear and sunken with the weariness of crying.Out To Win|Coningsby Dawson
The stairway reeked with associations of poverty, a shifty poverty, and Victor's gorge rose at it.Victor Ollnee's Discipline|Hamlin Garland
adjective shiftier or shiftiest
1560s, "able to manage for oneself, fertile in expedients," from shift (n.1) in secondary sense of "dodge, trick, artifice" + -y (2). Meaning "habitually using dishonest methods, characterized by trickery" first recorded 1837. In a sense "prone to shifting," of the wind, used from 1884. Related: Shiftily; shiftiness.