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  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.
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Origin of dodger

First recorded in 1560–70; dodge + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for dodgers


  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 dodgers


U.S. baseball club, originally based in Brooklyn, N.Y., so called from 1900, from trolley dodgers, Manhattanites' nickname for Brooklyn residents, in reference to the streetcar lines that criss-crossed the borough.

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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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