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Nov 17, 2021
This week’s theme
Words with opposite or contradictory meanings

This week’s words
farouche
dinky
shifty
endsville
presently

Shifty
Shifty, 2008 film
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shifty

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHIF-tee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Evasive; untrustworthy.
2. Changing directions frequently.
3. Resourceful: able to accomplish what needs done.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English sciftan (to arrange or divide). Earliest documented use: 1570.

USAGE:
“He was shifty and sly -- there was something very distasteful and loathsome about him.”
Mari Emm; A Rumour From The Firehouse; AuthorHouse; 2015.

“The smart, shifty forward showed he could excel at the pro game.”
Jason Bell; Just Ducky; Winnipeg Free Press (Canada); Oct 13, 2021.

See more usage examples of shifty in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We are a landscape of all we have seen. -Isamu Noguchi, sculptor and architect (17 Nov 1904-1988)

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