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shifty

[shif-tee] /ˈʃɪf ti/
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
1560-1570
1560-70; shift + -y1
Related forms
shiftily, adverb
shiftiness, noun
unshifty, adjective
Synonyms
2. crafty, foxy, slippery.
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British Dictionary definitions for shiftiness

shifty

/ˈʃɪftɪ/
adjective shiftier, shiftiest
1.
given to evasions; artful
2.
furtive in character or appearance
3.
full of expedients; resourceful
Derived Forms
shiftily, adverb
shiftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shiftiness

shifty

adj.

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.

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