\ 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 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 The legitimate vendors of CBD, who took the time to ensure consistency, safety and quality, are now sadly lumped together with the dishonest and dodgy ones, leaving the consumer confused about where to turn. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta on medical marijuana: We are in an age of wisdom, but also an age of foolishness," 27 Sep. 2019 And then there are the more familiar tricks of campaign seasons, from dodgy pamphlets to avoiding the media. Hadas Gold, CNN, "The dirtiest UK election ever? Here are some of the lowest moments of the campaign," 10 Dec. 2019 So far nine union leaders have been charged and eight convicted for taking dodgy payments and gifts, including pairs of $1,000 shoes. The Economist, "Beleaguered unions seek members beyond the factory floor," 12 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless, Mauricio Pochettino's men can feel hard done by after a dodgy lunge from Fabian Schar brought an abrupt end to Heung-min Son's burst into the area., "Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Joelinton Gets Off the Mark in England," 25 Aug. 2019 The expedition was long and grueling, plagued by dodgy weather. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent data suggest the swoon has since deepened (and an analysis published in June by a former adviser to the Indian government also suggests that the China-like growth rates posted in the recent past may reflect dodgy statistics). The Economist, "Emerging-market dreams of rich-world incomes meet reality," 1 Aug. 2019 Perhaps lost amongst all the transfer gossip consuming Goodison Park and the online campaign to reclaim Kurt Zouma has been Everton's rather dodgy pre-season., "5 Everton Youngsters Who Have Impressed During the Toffees' Pre-Season Friendlies," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dodgy

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Dodgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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