Body Language of Shifty Eyes

  1. Shifty Meaning Slang
  2. Shifty Eyes Meaning
  3. Shifty Meaning In Urdu
  4. Hefty Meaning In Bengali

Definition of shifty suspicious IE He looked rather shifty English (US) French (France) German Italian Japanese Korean Polish Portuguese (Brazil) Portuguese (Portugal) Russian Simplified Chinese (China) Spanish (Mexico) Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) Turkish Vietnamese. Adj informal censorious having the appearance of being dishonest, esp as signified by a lack of eye contact Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014. Having the appearance of someone dishonest, criminal or unreliable; such as someone with shifty eyes. He was a shifty character in a seedy bar and I checked my wallet was still there after talking to him. 'Shifty' is actually an adjective word, but here it's used as a noun. I guess it probably means to let Mad-Eye take a look at it with his shifty eyes, but I don't know if it's a correct interpretation. How should we understand it here? A change or deviation. Antigenic shift a sudden, major change in the antigenicity of a virus, seen especially in influenza viruses, resulting from the recombination of the genomes of two different strains; it is associated with pandemics because hosts do not have immunity to the new strain. See also antigenic drift.

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Meaning

Cue: Shifty Eyes

Synonym(s): N/A

Description: Happens when the eyes dart all over the room to focus on anything but someone else’s eyes.

In One Sentence: Shifty eyes show lack of certainty and nervousness.

How To Use it: Shifty eyes is a cue that should be avoided unless one wishes to draw attention to ones stress and nervousness. As the cue is generally associated with lying it is looked poorly upon. The cue can be used to show nonverbal sarcasm.

Context: General.

Verbal Translation: “I’m feeling the pressure and my eyes are traveling all over the place in search of answers to the stress I’m under. If I look in enough places, I’m bound to find what I’m looking for.”

Variant: N/A.

Cue In Action: To get him to cave, she put him in front of the class and asked him if he would confess. He was obviously lying, she though. His eyes darted about the room as she grilled him about the missing raffle money. She assumed he was lying because he wouldn’t hold eye contact.

Meaning and/or Motivation: Shifty eyes are habitually associated with lying but research shows that most practiced liars hold gaze even more strongly than normal.

Paul Ekman’s research into lying says that people often attribute shifty or darting eyes to liars, however, as a predictor of a lie it actually falls short. Looking away from complicated human faces helps us concentrate. Therefore darting eyes doesn’t really tell us anything concretely. Just that thought is taking place.

Additionally, the stress and nervousness of being put on the spot is enough to cause the eyes to exhibit patterns that seem dishonest. Shifty eyes are a more reliable predictor of stress than lying.

Cue Cluster: Darting eyes is connected to other nervous and stress related body language such as touching the face, neck, nose and ears, shrinking and shrugging, ducking the head and crossing the arms and legs.

Body Language Category: Confused body language, Embarrassment (nonverbal), Escape movements, Eye Language, Negative body language, Nervous body language, Stressful body language, Suspicious body language.

Resources:

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Shifty Meaning Slang

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shift +‎ -y

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɪfti/

Adjective[edit]

shifty (comparativeshiftier, superlativeshiftiest)

  1. Subject to frequent changes in direction.
    • 1929, Henry Handel Richardson, Ultima Thule, New York: Norton, Part 2, Chapter 3, p. 145,[2]
      Off he raced, shuffling his bare feet through the hot, dry, shifty sand.
    • 2002, Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing, New York: Grove, Chapter 17, p. 190,[3]
      The Kelsos crowding their horses up against the wagon, bumping it, making things shake inside: everything going shifty, unsteady.
  2. (of a person's eyes) Moving from one object to another, not looking directly and steadily at the person with whom one is speaking.
    • 1886, George Manville Fenn, This Man’s Wife, Chapter 3, in Littel’s Living Age, Volume 168, No. 2178, 20 March, 1886, p. 761,[4]
      [] his quick, shifty eyes turned from the manager to the lethal weapons over the chimney, then to the safe, then to the bank, and Mr. Thickens’s back.
    • 1914, G. K. Chesterton, “The Head of Cæsar” in The Wisdom of Father Brown, London: Cassell, 1928, p. 149,[5]
      His tinted glasses were not really opaque, but of a blue kind common enough, nor were the eyes behind them shifty, but regarded me steadily.
    • 1993, Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy, Boston: Little, Brown, Chapter 1.4, p. 10,[6]
      He was thin, unsure of himself, sweet-natured and shifty-eyed; and he was Lata’s favourite.
  3. Having the appearance of being dishonest, criminal or unreliable.
    He was a shifty character in a seedy bar, and I checked my wallet was still there after talking to him.
    • 1999, J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace, New York: Viking, Chapter 23, p. 208,[7]
      ‘I don’t trust him,’ he goes on. ‘He is shifty. He is like a jackal sniffing around, looking for mischief. []
  4. Resourceful; full of, or ready with, shifts or expedients.[1]
    • 1857, Charles Kingsley, Two Years Ago, Cambridge: Macmillan, Volume 1, Chapter 1, p. 34,[8]
      Shifty and thrifty as old Greek or modern Scot, there were few things he could not invent, and perhaps nothing he could not endure.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Having the appearance of someone dishonest, criminal or unreliable
  • Danish: skummel
  • Finnish: epäluotettavanoloinen
  • French: louche(fr), fuyant(fr)
  • Greek: πονηρός(el)m(ponirós), πανούργος(el)m(panoúrgos)
    Ancient: πολύτροπος(polútropos)
  • Italian: sfuggente(it), ambiguo(it), equivoco(it)
  • Swedish: lömsk(sv), skum(sv)

Shifty Eyes Meaning

  • Greek:
    Ancient: πολύτροπος(polútropos)
  • Italian: sfuggevole, volubile(it), mutevole(it)

References[edit]

Shifty

Shifty Meaning In Urdu

  1. ^ Thomas Wright, Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English, London: Henry G. Bohn, Volume 2, p. 848: “Cunning; artful” (Craven [Yorkshire]).[1]

Hefty Meaning In Bengali

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