Definition of shifty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHiftē/

adjective (shiftier, shiftiest)

(Of a person or their manner) appearing deceitful or evasive: a shifty, fast-talking lawyer
More example sentences
  • She was shifty, evasive and clearly unprepared for the assault.
  • No, he said, he did not agree that he was shifty or dishonest, but he pointed out that he had moved his position on evidence once or twice.
  • We're pretty sure there are shifty people somewhere.



Pronunciation: /ˈSHiftəlē/
Example sentences
  • She looks about shiftily and whispers: ‘Round the back.’
  • Sandwiched between the ceremonial swords and bric-a-brac, teenage boys gaze shiftily at the firearms on display in a Manchester shop.
  • Each time I picked up a book I looked shiftily around, holding it out in front of me at head height, so as not to appear like a person about to steal.


Pronunciation: /ˈSHiftēnəs/
Example sentences
  • Seriously I laughed for a good 1/2 hr but then I got serious and thought whoa do I give off some aura of shiftiness that I'm not aware of?
  • But there's a certain shiftiness about ‘political’ people.
  • He chose gray, the color of deceit and shiftiness.

Words that rhyme with shifty

fifty, fifty-fifty, nifty, swiftie, thrifty

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Syllabification: shift·y

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