- Dodge is defined as to evade, twist or move out of the way to avoid being hit.
- 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.
intransitive verbdodged, dodging
- 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 dodged, 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.
Uncertain, but possibly from Old English dydrian, by way of dialectal dodd or dodder