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dodger

[doj-er] /ˈdɒdʒ ər/
noun
1.
a person who dodges.
2.
a shifty person, especially one who persistently evades a responsibility, as specified:
tax dodger; draft dodger.
3.
a leafhopper.
4.
a small handbill; throwaway.
5.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. corn dodger.
6.
Nautical. a shield, as of canvas, erected on a flying bridge to protect persons on watch from wind, flying spray, etc.
7.
Australian. a large slice, lump, or portion of food, especially of bread.
Origin of dodger
1560-1570
1560-70; dodge + -er1
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  • They entered a good-sized office on a prominent street, and dodger inquired for Mr. Tucker.

    Adrift in New York Horatio Alger
  • Old dodger killed a plug hoss tryin' to beat them to the river.

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
  • The little experience she had had with dodger satisfied her that she should enjoy teaching better than sewing or writing.

    Adrift in New York Horatio Alger
  • Nimble had been so interested in his own horns that he hadn't looked at dodger's.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer Arthur Scott Bailey
  • As soon as his new horns were ready Nimble and his friend dodger the Deer began their mock battles again.

    The Tale of Nimble Deer Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for dodger

dodger

/ˈdɒdʒə/
noun
1.
a person who evades or shirks
2.
a shifty dishonest person
3.
a canvas shelter, mounted on a ship's bridge or over the companionway of a sailing yacht to protect the helmsman from bad weather
4.
(archaic, US & Austral) a handbill
5.
(Austral, informal) food, esp bread
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Word Origin and History for dodger
n.

1560s, "one who dodges," in the literal or figurative (especially underworld) senses of dodge. The U.S. word meaning "corn cake" is recorded from 1831, perhaps a different word (cf. Northern English dialectal dodge "lump, large piece," 1560s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for dodger

dodger

Related Terms

roger

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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