adjective, dodg·i·er, dodg·i·est.

inclined to dodge.
evasively tricky: a dodgy manner of dealing with people.
Chiefly British. risky; hazardous; chancy.

Origin of dodgy

First recorded in 1860–65; dodge + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of dodgy

Historical Examples of dodgy

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

    A Dog with a Bad Name

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for dodgy


adjective dodgier or dodgiest British, Australian and NZ informal

risky, difficult, or dangerous
uncertain or unreliable; tricky
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Word Origin and History for dodgy

1861, from dodge + -y (2). Related: Dodginess.

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