verb (used with object), dodged, dodg·ing.

to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
Also hold back. Photography. (in printing) to shade (an area of a print) from exposure for a period, while exposing the remainder of the print in order to lighten or eliminate the area (sometimes followed by out).Compare burn1(def 45).

verb (used without object), dodged, dodg·ing.

to move aside or change position suddenly, as to avoid a blow or get behind something.
to use evasive methods; prevaricate: When asked a direct question, he dodges.


Origin of dodge

First recorded in 1560–70; of obscure origin
Related formsout·dodge, verb (used with object), out·dodged, out·dodg·ing.un·dodged, adjective

Synonyms for dodge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dodged

Contemporary Examples of dodged

Historical Examples of dodged

  • He dodged this way and that, and curved and turned, but to no purpose.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • But the hussy only laughed and dodged the blows, and then hied off to her lover.

  • If 'twas somebody he dodged back so quick I couldn't be sure.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He winked at Bos'n and would have chucked her under the chin if she had not dodged.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She dodged around the table, through the doorway, into the hall, and up the stairs.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for dodged



to avoid or attempt to avoid (a blow, discovery, etc), as by moving suddenly
to evade (questions, etc) by cleverness or trickery
(intr) bell-ringing to make a bell change places with its neighbour when sounding in successive changes
(tr) photog to lighten or darken (selected areas on a print) by manipulating the light from an enlarger


a plan or expedient contrived to deceive
a sudden evasive or hiding movement
a clever contrivance
bell-ringing the act of dodging

Word Origin for dodge

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dodged



"to move to and fro" (especially in an effort to avoid something), 1560s, origin and sense evolution obscure, perhaps akin to Scottish dodd "to jog." Common from early 18c. in figurative sense of "to swindle, to play shifting tricks." Related: Dodged; dodging.



"person's way of making a living," 1842, slang, from dodge (v.).

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