Definition of shifty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪfti/

adjective (shiftier, shiftiest)

1(Of a person or their manner) appearing deceitful or evasive: he had a shifty look about him
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.
North American  snide, snidey
informal foxy, iffy
Australian/New Zealand informal shonky
2Constantly changing; shifting: it was a close race in a shifty wind on smooth water
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  • On the last lap, the wind freshened and became more shifty.
  • According to both experts and victims, the shifty world of immigration consultation here often works in conjunction with networks in the refugees' home countries.



Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪftɪli/
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: /ˈʃɪftɪnəs/
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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