verb (used with object), dodged, dodg·ing.

  1. to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
  2. Also hold back. Photography. (in printing) to shade (an area of a print) from exposure for a period, while exposing the remainder of the print in order to lighten or eliminate the area (sometimes followed by out).Compare burn1(def 45).

verb (used without object), dodged, dodg·ing.

  1. to move aside or change position suddenly, as to avoid a blow or get behind something.
  2. to use evasive methods; prevaricate: When asked a direct question, he dodges.


  1. a quick, evasive movement, as a sudden jump away to avoid a blow or the like.
  2. an ingenious expedient or contrivance; shifty trick.
  3. Slang. a business, profession, or occupation.


  1. Mary Elizabeth,1831–1905, U.S. editor and author of children’s books.


  1. to avoid or attempt to avoid (a blow, discovery, etc), as by moving suddenly
  2. to evade (questions, etc) by cleverness or trickery
  3. (intr) bell-ringing to make a bell change places with its neighbour when sounding in successive changes
  4. (tr) photog to lighten or darken (selected areas on a print) by manipulating the light from an enlarger


  1. a plan or expedient contrived to deceive
  2. a sudden evasive or hiding movement
  3. a clever contrivance
  4. bell-ringing the act of dodging

“to move to and fro” (especially in an effort to avoid something), 1560s, origin and sense evolution obscure, perhaps akin to Scottish dodd “to jog.” Common from early 18c. in figurative sense of “to swindle, to play shifting tricks.” Related: Dodged; dodging.


“person’s way of making a living,” 1842, slang, from dodge (v.).

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