shiftiness

shifty

[shif-tee]
adjective, shiftier, shiftiest.
1.
resourceful; fertile in expedients.
2.
given to or full of evasions; tricky.
3.
suggesting a deceptive or evasive character: a shifty look.

Origin:
1560–70; shift + -y1

shiftily, adverb
shiftiness, noun
unshifty, adjective


2. crafty, foxy, slippery.
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shifty (ˈʃɪftɪ)
 
adj , shiftier, shiftiest
1.  given to evasions; artful
2.  furtive in character or appearance
3.  full of expedients; resourceful
 
'shiftily
 
adv
 
'shiftiness
 
n

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shifty
1570, "able to manage for oneself," from shift (v.) in secondary sense. Meaning "using dishonest methods" first recorded 1837.
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