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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.

shifty

(ˈʃɪftɪ)
adj, shiftier or shiftiest
1. given to evasions; artful
2. furtive in character or appearance
3. full of expedients; resourceful
ˈshiftily adv
ˈshiftiness n

shift•y

(ˈʃɪf ti)

adj. shift•i•er, shift•i•est.
1. resourceful; fertile in expedients.
2. evasive; crafty.
3. suggesting an evasive nature: a shifty look.
[1560–70]
shift′i•ly, adv.
shift′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shifty - characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive; "a devious character"; "shifty eyes"
untrustworthy, untrusty - not worthy of trust or belief; "an untrustworthy person"
2.shifty - changing position or direction; "he drifted into the shifting crowd"; "their nervous shifting glances"; "shifty winds"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"

shifty

shifty

adjective
Translations
ماكِرماكِر، مُتَقَلِّب
podezřelýzáludný
lusketupålidelig
epäluotettava
lukav
lymskulegur
あてにならない
교활해 보이는
opålitlig
ซึ่งมีกลอุบาย
có vẻ không lương thiện

shifty

[ˈʃɪftɪ] ADJ (shiftier (compar) (shiftiest (superl))) [look] → furtivo; [person, behaviour] → sospechoso

shifty

[ˈʃɪfti] adj [person, behaviour] → louche; [eyes] → fuyant(e)
He looked shifty → Il avait l'air louche.

shifty

adj (+er)zwielichtig, nicht ganz sauber (inf); person, character alsofragwürdig; glanceverstohlen; eyesverschlagen; replyausweichend; there was something shifty about …mit … war etwas faul (inf); he has a shifty look in his eyeer hat so einen unsicheren Blick; a shifty expression came over his facesein Gesicht nahm einen gerissenen Ausdruck an; a shifty little manein verdächtiger kleiner Kerl

shifty

[ˈʃɪftɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (person) → losco/a, equivoco/a; (behaviour) → equivoco/a; (eyes) → sfuggente

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

shifty

ماكِر podezřelý lusket verstohlen πολυμήχανος furtivo epäluotettava sournois lukav sfuggente あてにならない 교활해 보이는 onoprecht upålitelig niebudzący zaufania trapaceiro переменчивый opålitlig ซึ่งมีกลอุบาย kaypak có vẻ không lương thiện 变化的
References in classic literature ?
She had thought him shifty, cruel, and untrustworthy, yet in so far as she had reason to believe he had proved himself in every way the contrary since the day before.
His face was deeply lined, burned brown by long exposure to the sun, and he had a pair of small blue eyes which were astonishingly shifty.
Then she took the form of a woman, fair, stately, and wise, "He must be indeed a shifty lying fellow," said she, "who could surpass you in all manner of craft even though you had a god for your antagonist.
The average at that time in the Grand Duchy of Baden was forty-five to a young person (when alone), according to the official estimate of the home secretary for that year; the average for older people was shifty and indeterminable, for whenever a wholesome young girl came into the presence of her elders she immediately lowered their average and raised her own.
I would see one of the clumsy bovine-creatures who worked the launch treading heavily through the undergrowth, and find myself asking, trying hard to recall, how he differed from some really human yokel trudging home from his mechanical labours; or I would meet the Fox-bear woman's vulpine, shifty face, strangely human in its speculative cunning, and even imagine I had met it before in some city byway.
But he was one of those weak creatures, void of pride, timorous, anaemic, hateful souls, full of shifty cunning, who face neither God nor man, who face not even themselves.
They seemed hardly young to Philip, but perhaps they were not more than twenty-five: the elder, Thekla, was as short as her mother, with the same, rather shifty air, but with a pretty face and abundant dark hair; Anna, her younger sister, was tall and plain, but since she had a pleasant smile Philip immediately preferred her.
She had told me, bit by bit, under pressure, a great deal; but a small shifty spot on the wrong side of it all still sometimes brushed my brow like the wing of a bat; and I remember how on this occasion--for the sleeping house and the concentration alike of our danger and our watch seemed to help-- I felt the importance of giving the last jerk to the curtain.
Monty lay on the ground watching him with red, shifty eyes.
The keys of the mountain passes still lay in the hands of the shifty and ignoble Charles of Navarre, who had chaffered and bargained both with the English and with the Spanish, taking money from the one side to hold them open and from the other to keep them sealed.
All at once that shifty look came into his eyes which we always see when a madman has seized an idea, and with it the shifty movement of the head and back which asylum attendants come to know so well.
This learned gentleman here is rather a shifty sort of chap; and it strikes me that two of us isn't a bit too much to watch him.