shiftiness


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shift·y

 (shĭf′tē)
adj. shift·i·er, shift·i·est
1. Having, displaying, or suggestive of deceitful character; evasive or untrustworthy.
2. Distinguished by frequent changes in direction: shifty winds.
3. Able to accomplish what is needed; resourceful.

shift′i·ly adv.
shift′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shiftiness - the quality of being a slippery rascalshiftiness - the quality of being a slippery rascal
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
2.shiftiness - the quality of being changeable in direction; "the shiftiness of the wind caused the boat to veer unpredictably"
changeability, changeableness - the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change; "the changeableness of the weather"

shiftiness

noun
1. The act or practice of deceiving:
Translations
مَكْر، تَقَلُّب
záludnost
upålidelighed
lymska
hilekârlık

shiftiness

[ˈʃɪftɪnɪs] N [of person, behaviour] → lo sospechoso; [of look] → lo furtivo

shiftiness

nZwielichtigkeit f; (of person, character also)Fragwürdigkeit f; (of glance)Verstohlenheit f; (of reply)Ausweichen nt; there was a certain shiftiness in his mannersein Verhalten hatte etwas Verdächtiges

shiftiness

[ˈʃɪftɪnɪs] n (of behaviour) → equivocità; (of answer) → evasività

shift

(ʃift) verb
1. to change (the) position or direction (of). We spent the whole evening shifting furniture around; The wind shifted to the west overnight.
2. to transfer. She shifted the blame on to me.
3. to get rid of. This detergent shifts stains.
noun
1. a change (of position etc). a shift of emphasis.
2. a group of people who begin work on a job when another group stop work. The night shift does the heavy work.
3. the period during which such a group works. an eight-hour shift; (also adjective) shift work.
ˈshiftless adjective
inefficient, lazy, or without a set purpose. He's rather shiftless – he's had four jobs in six months.
ˈshiftlessness noun
ˈshifty adjective
looking cunning and dishonest. I don't trust him – he has a very shifty look.
ˈshiftily adverb
ˈshiftiness noun
References in classic literature ?
They followed Prince Dolgorukov out into the corridor and met- coming out of the door of the Emperor's room by which Dolgorukov had entered- a short man in civilian clothes with a clever face and sharply projecting jaw which, without spoiling his face, gave him a peculiar vivacity and shiftiness of expression.
There was a shiftiness of his whole appearance that even found expression in the cat-like manner of his gait, and to it all a sinister suggestion was added by the long slim knife that always rested at his waist, slipped through the greasy cord that supported his soiled apron.
However," said the girl, despising her cousin's shiftiness, "What's done's done.
His confidence in the man vanished as he looked at him and saw his insignificance, his dirty appearance, his shiftiness, and his unintelligent, hairy face.
At the other end of the court, his length and shiftiness permits him to switch on ball screens and defend any of the opponents' personnel.
Galloway was originally replaced by Mayfield in the team, though the 26-year-old would have been a handful for the Gilas guards because of his athleticism and shiftiness.
In a Q&A that accompanied the advance review copy, Klassen talks about how the very placement of Triangle's eyes implies shiftiness, given that they are lower on his face.
Each work embodies a different kind of concentrated energy, stemming from the shiftiness of these stops.
Tennyson's language, specifically in the curious shiftiness of his
But drawings like Ardizzone's are much cosier than Boswell's scenes, which even in his book illustrations retain their pointed social observation: greedy eyes, shiftiness, flirtation, how a boy watches a dog who watches something we can't discern, while something else altogether is going on.
And adding to this effluent has been the desperate, guilty shiftiness from Cameron and his chums.
The associations for this type of comparison seem to range from evasiveness and even shiftiness to more positive sorts of philosophical metamorphosis.