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Uncertain, but possibly from Old English dydrian, by way of dialectal dodd or dodder.


  • IPA(key): /dɒdʒ/
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dodge (third-person singular simple present dodges, present participle dodging, simple past and past participle dodged)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To avoid (something) by moving suddenly out of the way.
    He dodged traffic crossing the street.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To avoid; to sidestep.
    The politician dodged the question with a meaningless reply.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      The popular late Middle Ages fictional character Robin Hood, dressed in green to symbolize the forest, dodged fines for forest offenses and stole from the rich to give to the poor. But his appeal was painfully real and embodied the struggle over wood.
  3. (archaic) To go hither and thither.
  4. (photography, videography) To decrease the exposure for certain areas of an image in order to make them darker (compare burn).
  5. (transitive) To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.
    • 1782, Frances Burney, Cecilia, II.iii.7:
      “I had a notion he was dodging me all the way I came, for I saw him just behind me, turn which way I would.”
    • 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
      A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! / And still it neared and neared: / As if it dodged a water-sprite, / It plunged and tacked and veered.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House:
      Miss Griffin screamed after me, the faithless Vizier ran after me, and the boy at the turnpike dodged me into a corner, like a sheep, and cut me off.
  6. (transitive, intransitive, dated) To trick somebody.


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dodge (plural dodges)

  1. An act of dodging.
  2. A trick, evasion or wile. (Now mainly in the expression tax dodge.)
    • 1848-50, William Makepeace Thackeray, Pendennis, ch 12:
      The dodges of women beat all comprehension; and I am sure she wouldn’t let the lad off so easily, if she had not some other scheme on hand.
    • 1869, Punch (volume 57, page 257)
      “Ain't this a rum go? This is a queer sort of dodge for lighting the streets.”
    • 1895, Marie Corelli, The Sorrows of Satan, OCLC 1085228267, page 14:
      He knows everybody, and is up to all the dodges of editorial management and newspaper cliques.
  3. (slang) A line of work.
    • 1992, Time (volume 140, issues 1-9, page 74)
      In the marketing dodge, that is known as rub-off.
    • 2009, Chris Knopf, Head Wounds (page 233)
      Through a series of unconventional circumstances, some my fault, Jackie had found herself working both civil and criminal sides of the real estate dodge, which put her among a rare breed of attorney []


dodge (comparative more dodge, superlative most dodge)

  1. (Australia) dodgy