Definitions

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  • n. A brief glance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quick look around (originally military slang)

Etymologies

From Arabic شفتي (šufti, "have you seen?"), from شاف (šaf, "to see"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One shufti at the Hewitt person would convince the prospective leaper that things weren't as bad as was thought.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • In other words, do you think if she was sort of shufti (ph), verging on senior citizen, that he would have picked her, given her credentials?

    CNN Transcript Oct 29, 2008

  • Well, the boffins reckon it's related to the "rubbernecking" concept - the process whereby you try and drive by an accident without having a shufti but "our emotions of concern, fear and curiosity cause us to stare out the window at the accident and slow to a crawl as we drive by"...

    "Porn makes you bind" - distractions distract...

  • Some sort with a face like a tiger but great big Bristols was running it so I thought I'd go and have a shufti, and I drew a rose.

    Maura's Game

  • Can you have a quick shufti round, see the doors are locked, and bring the staff?

    The Great California Game

  • With his terrible low hairy brow, his glistening nostrils, his blubber tips and stooped gait, one shufti at him would have saved Charles Darwin ten years of intensive research.

    A Rude Awakening

  • Many who hoped to catch a shufti of the chief executive officer Steve Jobs, or the iPhone 4 were somewhat disappointed.

    The Money Times

  • She gave me the URL, so that I could have a shufti.

    Army Rumour Service

  • McLoughlin first fell under the "spell of far Arabia" when he noticed his father using exotic words such as "bint," "shufti" and "yallah" - brought home from Egypt and the western desert in the second world war.

    The Guardian World News

  • Yet as in Blighty, so in France: a quick shufti of the article reveals that le Populaire has been unable to locate a single Brit who has actually sold up and gone home as a result of la Crise.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

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  • There's a usage tucked away on Ġgantija.

    May 18, 2011

  • Most often in the construction "have a shufti". Proper slang though, strictly verbal.

    May 18, 2011

  • I came across this word in an unusual way. I was looking for an alternative to the word "look" (in the sense of a "look" into a certain world), and the MS Word Thesaurus gave me "shufti" on its list of synonyms. I had never encountered this word before, but apparently it is British slang (originally military slang) meaning "a quick look around".

    May 18, 2011