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 shifty boxer
>
3. indicative of a tricky nature <
shifty eyes
>
shiftily adverbshiftiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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

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  • shifty — UK [ˈʃɪftɪ] / US adjective Word forms shifty : adjective shifty comparative shiftier superlative shiftiest informal looking dishonest shifty eyes …   English dictionary

  • shifty — adjective 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… …   Wiktionary

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