shifty Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “shifty” in the English Dictionary

"shifty" in British English

See all translations


uk   us   /ˈʃɪf.ti/
looking or ​seemingdishonest: He has shifty ​eyes. There's a ​couple of shifty-​lookingpeoplestanding on the ​streetcorner.
adverb uk   us   /-tɪ.li/
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of shifty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shifty" in American English

See all translations

shiftyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈʃɪf·ti/ disapproving
intelligent and ​skilled in ​deceivingothers: His shifty ​eyes make him ​look like a used-car ​salesman.
(Definition of shifty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shifty”
in Chinese (Simplified) (看上去)不老实的,诡诈的…
in Turkish hilekâr, kalleş, tilki gibi…
in Russian лживый, изворотливый…
in Chinese (Traditional) (看起來)不老實的,詭詐的…
in Polish przebiegły…
What is the pronunciation of shifty?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More