dodge

1 of 2

noun

1
: an act of evading by sudden bodily movement
2
a
: an artful device to evade, deceive, or trick
b

dodge

2 of 2

verb

dodged; dodging

intransitive verb

1
a
: to move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course
dodged through the crowd
b
: to make a sudden movement in a new direction (as to evade a blow)
dodged behind the door
2
: to evade a responsibility or duty especially by trickery or deceit

transitive verb

1
a
: to evade by a sudden or repeated shift of position
dodge tacklers
b
: to avoid an encounter with
celebrities dodging the media
2
: to evade (something, such as a duty) usually indirectly or by trickery
dodged the draft by leaving the country
dodged questions
Phrases
dodge a bullet or less commonly dodge the bullet
: to narrowly avoid an unwelcome, harmful, or disastrous outcome or occurrence
coastal towns dodged a bullet when the hurricane veered out to sea

Example Sentences

Noun It was just another dodge to get out of working. just another dodge to get out of working in the yard Verb He dodged the first punch but was hit by the second. She dodged through the crowds as she hurried home. We dodged between the cars as we raced across the street. They managed to dodge the reporters by leaving through the back exit. She accused him of dodging his responsibilities as a parent. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Trump’s namesake company was convicted of tax fraud last month for helping executives dodge taxes on extravagant perks. Jill Colvin, Sun Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2023 The legal survival of a multimillion-dollar tax dodge can hinge on minutiae. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 The Trump Organization was convicted of criminal tax fraud last month for helping executives dodge taxes on extravagant perks such as apartments and luxury cars. Michael R. Sisak, Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 Trump’s namesake company was convicted of tax fraud last month for helping executives dodge taxes on extravagant perks. Jill Colvin, Sun Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2023 Trump’s namesake company was convicted of tax fraud last month for helping executives dodge taxes on extravagant perks. Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2023 Trump's namesake company was convicted of tax fraud last month for helping executives dodge taxes on extravagant perks. Jill Colvin, ajc, 1 Jan. 2023 Trump's namesake company was convicted of tax fraud last month for helping executives dodge taxes on extravagant perks. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Jan. 2023 Here's his latest piece on the loss harvesting tax dodge that could go the way of the Dodo bird, so use it now. Diane Brady, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022
Verb
The Andor star had a hard time finding the words to dodge the question. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 21 Dec. 2022 On Monday, court officials say, the Trump Organization paid a $1.6 million penalty levied as part of its tax fraud conviction last month in Manhattan for helping executives dodge personal income taxes on lavish job perks. Michael R. Sisak, ajc, 24 Jan. 2023 Nearly twenty-three million people saw the Bills’ Nyheim Hines receive the opening kickoff, dodge a diving defender, and find an open lane to the end zone—a ninety-six-yard return for touchdown. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 Those looking to save some money should consider shifting their celebration dates by a few days, travel experts say, or at least avoiding the busiest days to dodge the highest fares at regional airports and larger hubs alike. Harriet Baskas, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2022 This inaction, Bahr says, has cost Arizona economic opportunities in the solar and electric vehicle industry, exacerbated health effects of heat and air pollution and allowed the state to dodge its responsibility in helping to limit global warming. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2022 All four destroyers and both battleships opened fire with weapons ranging from 40-millimeter autocannons to three-inch anti-aircraft guns, zigzagging their courses to dodge the torpedoes that Japanese bombers lobbed into the sea. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 13 Jan. 2023 New strains of Omicron are becoming increasingly more transmissible and evasive, with the ability to dodge immunity from prior vaccination and infection. Byerin Prater, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2023 Its depth gave that northern, which Mike estimated at 36 to 38 inches, enough time to dodge the spear. Richard P. Smith, Outdoor Life, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1680, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dodge was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Dodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dodge. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

dodge

1 of 2 noun
1
: an act of avoiding by sudden bodily movement
2
: a sly means of avoiding, deceiving, or tricking
just another dodge to get out of working
dodger noun

dodge

2 of 2 verb
dodged; dodging
1
a
: to move suddenly aside or to and fro
dodging through the crowd
b
: to avoid by moving quickly aside
dodge a blow
2
: evade sense 1
dodged the question

Biographical Definition

Dodge

biographical name

Mary Elizabeth 1831–1905 née Mapes ˈmāps How to pronounce Dodge (audio) American author

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