- a person who evades or attempts to evade compulsory military service.
Origin of draft dodger
- US one who evades compulsory military service
Someone who illegally evades the draft, as opposed to a conscientious objector, who is granted official, legal exemption from military duty. In active protest against United States involvement in the Vietnam War, many Americans publicly burned draft registration cards, risking imprisonment; others fled to other countries, such as Canada.