\ 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 dodgy (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 But since then, COVID-19 and dodgy performances have sidetracked them. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten winners and losers: Wisconsin down along with Michigan football and this highly paid coach," 8 Dec. 2020 To succeed, someone would need to physically access your phone and install a monitoring app, or trick you into clicking on a link, opening a dodgy email attachment, or downloading something from outside your operating system’s official app store. David Nield, Popular Science, "Here’s your checklist for maximum smartphone security," 21 Jan. 2021 Apparently, she's been illegally trafficking rich people using dodgy immunity cuffs to get them out of the city. Rosie Knight,, "KJ Apa’s New COVID Movie Songbird Is Basically One Long Conspiracy Theory," 14 Dec. 2020 After three seasons and several decades, (two great, one a bit dodgy) the storyline of The Crown has finally reached one of the most pivotal eras of Queen Elizabeth's reign: the Princess Diana years. Ineye Komonibo,, "Missing Princess Diana Even More After The Crown? Netflix Has A Solution For That," 20 Nov. 2020 The accusations of revenue inflation and dodgy payments knocked Joyy’s share price by more than 18%. David Meyer, Fortune, "The challenge of virtual board meetings," 19 Nov. 2020 His accuracy remains dodgy, with misses of wide-open receivers on multiple occasions. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How to describe Michigan football's worst loss under Jim Harbaugh? 'A horror movie'," 15 Nov. 2020 Wall Street just posted a record year—for the amount companies have been forced to pay out to settle claims of dodgy dealings. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors are in a bullish mood as Americans head to the polls," 3 Nov. 2020 The resulting exchange was dizzying, despite Biden’s ripostes about the President’s own dodgy finances. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Bitter, Vainglorious Fantasy of America on the Debate Stage," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dodgy

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Feb 2021

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“Dodgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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