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[doj-ee] /ˈdɒdʒ i/
adjective, dodgier, dodgiest.
inclined to dodge.
evasively tricky:
a dodgy manner of dealing with people.
Chiefly British. risky; hazardous; chancy.
Origin of dodgy
1860-65; dodge + -y1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dodgy
  • We depend on dodgy governments to supply us with our need for oil.
  • There always felon and dodgy people in control of any system.
  • But basing your foundations on the unjustified abstraction of a dodgy metaphor is not a good way to go about it.
  • Propping up power is, generally, a less dodgy proposition than defying it.
  • It's important, however, to step back and ask how important these dodgy financial practices were in setting the stage for crisis.
  • But you also end up in the company of people you don't admire, including some rather dodgy politicians.
  • The mouth of the bottle is large enough to accommodate ice cubes, but that also means sipping can be dodgy on bumpy flights.
  • If you're looking for a bargain, you may end up on a dodgy site.
  • Demands for hefty upfront cash is a tip-off you may be dealing with a dodgy outfit.
  • Take extra care when climbing ladders, walking on roofs, and working around dodgy old electrical wiring.
British Dictionary definitions for dodgy


adjective (Brit & Austral, NZ, informal) dodgier, dodgiest
risky, difficult, or dangerous
uncertain or unreliable; tricky
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dodgy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dodgy



Dishonest and corrupt: dodgy accountant (1860s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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dodgy in Technology

Synonym with flaky. Preferred outside the US
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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