chiefly British : evasive, tricky
chiefly British
: not sound, good, or reliable
chiefly British : requiring skill or care in handling or coping with
dodginess 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 Will more dodgy distillates be excluded from the category? Eve Thomas, WIRED, 3 Apr. 2024 Fiat has a dodgy reputation for quality in the United States, but brand boss Olivier Francois points out the 500e has been on sale in Europe since 2020, time to work out the bugs. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2024 There were no crowds to contend with, no paperwork hassles, no touts offering dodgy cab rides. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 This article is one of those rabbit-hole pieces, leading you down ever-darkening corridors into a murky world of diamond dealers, dodgy politicians, and unethical private investigators. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 12 Mar. 2024 The London property market offers countless opportunities for someone looking to park a dodgy fortune. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Lemonade vendors infiltrated New York’s thriving street food scene—and some of them were pretty dodgy. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 Moreover, if applying expected value thinking to aid is dodgy, applying it to the remote future gets downright supervillainous. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Conditions improved in the second half but remained dodgy. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dodgy was in 1861

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“Dodgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dodgy. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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