dodger

[doj-er]
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noun
  1. a person who dodges.
  2. a shifty person, especially one who persistently evades a responsibility, as specified: tax dodger; draft dodger.
  3. a leafhopper.
  4. a small handbill; throwaway.
  5. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. corn dodger.
  6. Nautical. a shield, as of canvas, erected on a flying bridge to protect persons on watch from wind, flying spray, etc.
  7. Australian. a large slice, lump, or portion of food, especially of bread.

Origin of dodger

First recorded in 1560–70; dodge + -er1
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Contemporary Examples of dodger

Historical Examples of dodger

  • Old Dodger killed a plug hoss tryin' to beat them to the river.

    Shawn of Skarrow

    James Tandy Ellis

  • And one of Nimble's points had stung Dodger like a hornet's sting.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Nimble had been so interested in his own horns that he hadn't looked at Dodger's.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • "I've been having fun with Dodger the Deer," Nimble explained.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • But for every buffet he repaid Dodger, Dodger gave him another that was heavier than ever.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer

    Arthur Scott Bailey


British Dictionary definitions for dodger

dodger

noun
  1. a person who evades or shirks
  2. a shifty dishonest person
  3. a canvas shelter, mounted on a ship's bridge or over the companionway of a sailing yacht to protect the helmsman from bad weather
  4. archaic, US and Australian a handbill
  5. Australian informal food, esp bread
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Word Origin and History for dodger
n.

1560s, "one who dodges," in the literal or figurative (especially underworld) senses of dodge. The U.S. word meaning "corn cake" is recorded from 1831, perhaps a different word (cf. Northern English dialectal dodge "lump, large piece," 1560s).

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