Pronunciation Verb

dodge (dodges, present participle dodging; past and past participle dodged)

  1. (ambitransitive) To avoid (something) by moving suddenly out of the way.
    He dodged traffic crossing the street.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To avoid; to sidestep.
    The politician dodged the question with a meaningless reply.
  3. (archaic) To go hither and thither.
  4. (photography, videography) To decrease the exposure for certain areas of an image in order to make them darker (compare burn).
  5. (transitive) To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.
    • 1782, Frances Burney, Cecilia, II.iii.7:
      “I had a notion he was dodging me all the way I came, for I saw him just behind me, turn which way I would.”
    • A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! / And still it neared and neared: / As if it dodged a water-sprite, / It plunged and tacked and veered.
  6. (ambitransitive, dated) To trick somebody.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

dodge (plural dodges)

  1. An act of dodging.
  2. A trick, evasion or wile.
    • 1869, Punch (volume 57, page 257)
      “Ain't this a rum go? This is a queer sort of dodge for lighting the streets.”
  3. (slang) A line of work.
    • 1992, Time (volume 140, issues 1-9, page 74)
      In the marketing dodge, that is known as rub-off.
    • 2009, Chris Knopf, Head Wounds (page 233)
      Through a series of unconventional circumstances, some my fault, Jackie had found herself working both civil and criminal sides of the real estate dodge, which put her among a rare breed of attorney […]


  1. (Australian) dodgy

Proper noun
  1. (countable, mostly, US) Surname derived from a Middle English diminutive of Roger.
  2. A placename
    1. A village in Nebraska.
    2. A city/and/village in North Dakota.
    3. A census-designated place in Oklahoma.
    4. A town in Wisconsin.
  3. A brand of motor vehicle.

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