[ doj-er ]
See synonyms for dodger on
  1. a person who dodges.

  2. a shifty person, especially one who persistently evades a responsibility, as specified: tax dodger; draft dodger.

  1. a leafhopper.

  2. a small handbill; throwaway.

  3. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. corn dodger.

  4. Nautical. a shield, as of canvas, erected on a flying bridge to protect persons on watch from wind, flying spray, etc.

  5. Australian. a large slice, lump, or portion of food, especially of bread.

Origin of dodger

First recorded in 1560–70; dodge + -er1

Words Nearby dodger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dodger in a sentence

  • Not a bit of it, replied the dodger, stopping the subject of discourse as Mr. Chitling was about to reply.

  • Pop that shawl away in my castor, dodger, so that I may know where to find it when I cut; thats the time of day!

  • "Pretty well," replied the dodger, producing two pocket-books, one green and the other red.

  • As a matter of course, Chinese thieves belong in contrast to the species of which the 'Artful dodger' may be regarded as the type.

  • The 'Artful dodger' would have had to look to his laurels if he had had to enter into competition with a young Tehuelche.

    Wanderings in Patagonia | Julius Beerbohm

British Dictionary definitions for dodger


/ (ˈdɒdʒə) /

  1. a person who evades or shirks

  2. a shifty dishonest person

  1. a canvas shelter, mounted on a ship's bridge or over the companionway of a sailing yacht to protect the helmsman from bad weather

  2. archaic, US and Australian a handbill

  3. Australian informal food, esp bread

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