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[ doj-ee ]


, dodg·i·er, dodg·i·est.
  1. inclined to dodge.
  2. evasively tricky:

    a dodgy manner of dealing with people.

  3. Chiefly British. risky; hazardous; chancy.


/ ˈdɒdʒɪ /


  1. risky, difficult, or dangerous
  2. uncertain or unreliable; tricky
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dodgy1

First recorded in 1860–65; dodge + -y 1
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Example Sentences

When in 1803 Jefferson unconstitutionally bought Louisiana from Napoleon using a dodgy British loan, neither the Senate nor the Supreme Court stopped him.

While some businesses, like Amazon and Walmart, have already offered cash incentives to encourage workers to get vaccinated, most haven’t followed suit for fear of entering dodgy legal territory.

From Digiday

To succeed, someone would need to physically access your phone and install a monitoring app, or trick you into clicking on a link, opening a dodgy email attachment, or downloading something from outside your operating system’s official app store.

The minute you temporarily unlatch yourself from your snowshoes, as I’m forced to do when ascending a dodgier hillside with a couple of exposed rocks, you realize just how hard your calves and quads have been working.

Scam sleuthers have found that many of scam websites have links to companies in Britain, where lax government rules allow for dodgy shell companies to be created for dirt cheap.

From Time

The idea that her horses are being given dodgy feed will not go down well.

For many workers, their time in Singapore involves an intricate web of deals, kickbacks, dodgy contracts, exploitation and abuse.

The very premise makes for a dodgy commercial undertaking, thus kudos to Anderson for venturing on it.

She took up the miserable chore of attending dodgy networking events, but out of that morass came the character of Tallah.

China has been a leading source of dodgy carbon offsets used by the EU carbon trading scheme.

There was Scarfe, light and dodgy, ready for a run or a neat drop-kick from half-back.


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