- An example of dodge is avoiding a question by changing the subject.
- An example of dodge is jumping out of the way of an oncoming bicycle.
Dodge is defined as to evade, twist or move out of the way to avoid being hit.
intransitive verbdodged, dodg′ing
- to move or twist quickly aside; shift suddenly, as to avoid a blow
- to use tricks, deceits, or evasions; be shifty
Origin of dodgeuncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Scottish dod, to jog: for Indo-European base see dodder
- to avoid (a blow, etc.) by moving or shifting quickly aside
- to evade (a question, charge, etc.) by trickery, cleverness, etc.
- to avoid meeting
- Photog. to lighten an area on (a print) to achieve a shading effect by blocking light in selected areas during an exposure, as in enlargement
- a dodging
- a trick used in evading or cheating
- a clever or resourceful device, plan, etc.
verbdodged, dodg·ing, dodg·es
- To avoid (a blow, for example) by moving or shifting quickly aside.
- To evade (an obligation, for example) by cunning, trickery, or deceit: kept dodging the reporter's questions.
- To blunt or reduce the intensity of (a section of a photograph) by shading during the printing process.
- To move aside or in a given direction by shifting or twisting suddenly: The child dodged through the crowd.
- To evade something by cunning, trickery, or deceit.
- The act of dodging: made a dodge to the left.
- A cunning or deceitful act intended to evade something or trick someone: a tax dodge. See Synonyms at wile.
Origin of dodgeOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present dodges, present participle dodging, simple past and past participle dodged)
- To avoid by moving suddenly out of the way.
- He dodged traffic crossing the street.
- (figuratively) To avoid; to sidestep.
- The politician dodged the question with a meaningless reply.
- (archaic) To go hither and thither.
- (photography) To decrease the exposure for certain areas of a print in order to make them darker (compare burn).
- To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.