Definition of shufti in US English:



  • A look or reconnoiter, especially a quick one.

    ‘I'll take a shufti round the wood while I'm about it’
    • ‘A quick shufti through his bank accounts should clear all this up.’
    • ‘Well, you can have a shufti at the whole programme here.’
    • ‘You can have a shufti at the full dial-up package here.’
    • ‘Those wishing to keep up with, and ultimately blow away, the Joneses, should have a shufti here.’
    • ‘Hospital staff had a shufti and sent Stevens on his way with a quick ‘go home and keep an eye on it’.’
    • ‘Even those uneducated in the merits of various leagues would require only a quick shufti at the Nationwide First Division table to know the Premiership is the place everyone wants to be.’
    glance, observation, view, examination, study, inspection, scan, survey, sight, peep, peek, glimpse, gaze, stare, gape, ogle
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1940s (originally military slang): from Arabic šāfa ‘try to see’.