\ ˈdä-jē How to pronounce dodgy (audio) \

Definition of dodgy

1 chiefly British : evasive, tricky
2 chiefly British
a : not sound, good, or reliable
3 chiefly British : requiring skill or care in handling or coping with

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dodginess \ ˈdä-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce dodginess (audio) \ noun

Examples of dodgy in a Sentence

The car's got a dodgy engine. They got into a dodgy situation.
Recent Examples on the Web Junk bonds, historically dodgy during an economic swoon, have roared back. Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, "The Bailout Is Working — For the Rich," 10 May 2020 Aytu did not concoct this with dodgy quacks at Bob’s Clinic. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Biased Big Tech Firms Must Pick Between Their Split Personalities," 1 May 2020 Facebook did not maintain an archive of its political ads until 2018, so some of the 2016 campaign’s dodgier efforts may be lost to history. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Man Behind Trump’s Facebook Juggernaut," 2 Mar. 2020 In that way, users can bypass the dodgy rivals in app stores. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Here’s what to look for in a work-from-home VPN," 20 Mar. 2020 Get our daily newsletter Valve is not the first to be affected by such dodgy trading. The Economist, "Financial crime through video games is on the rise," 7 Nov. 2019 Presidents rather more scrupulous than the current one have been lured into secret diplomacy and dodgy covert operations, from the Bay of Pigs to the Iran-contra scandal. The Economist, "The art of the shadow deal Presidents have sometimes favoured back channels in foreign policy," 21 Nov. 2019 With Tottenham up next, Kovac will hope his attack can continue to fire, even if his defence remains somewhat dodgy., "Paderborn 2-3 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Resurgent Coutinho Fires Champions Top," 28 Sep. 2019 No, the one with the prime minister discovering his driver’s mighty baritone while caroling in the dodgy end of Wandsworth. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hail the Romcom Masterpiece," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dodgy

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2020

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“Dodgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dodgy

chiefly British, informal
: false or dishonest
: causing a lack of trust or confidence
: in bad condition

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