\ˈdä-jē \

Definition of dodgy 

1 chiefly British : evasive, tricky

2 chiefly British

a : not sound, good, or reliable

b : questionable, suspicious

3 chiefly British : requiring skill or care in handling or coping with

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Other Words from dodgy

dodginess \ -​nəs \ noun

Examples of dodgy in a Sentence

The car's got a dodgy engine. They got into a dodgy situation.

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Well, while Strasburg’s health has been dodgy his whole career, his performance, when healthy, has been consistently great. Michael Beller,, "Starting Pitcher Primer: It's Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw ... and Who Else?," 5 Feb. 2018 The United States looked like the obvious choice to takeover hosting duties from Colombia, but some dodgy backroom dealings at FIFA would ensure that this was not the case., "World Cup Countdown: 8 Weeks to Go - How Colombia Withdrew From Hosting the 1986 World Cup," 27 Apr. 2018 Shareholders who backed dodgy bankers and excessive debt lost their shirts, while capital has shifted from old technologies to support new and more efficient ways of doing business. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "A Decade Later, U.S. Stocks Behave Like Lehman Never Happened," 4 June 2018 Both are embroiled in controversies surrounding dodgy financial deals but, while Trump’s poll numbers are holding up, Abe’s have plummeted to record lows. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Japanese prime minister Abe, embroiled in scandals, faces calls to stand down," 16 Apr. 2018 Younger, a hapless criminal defense investigator, has had some success in educating his dodgy clients about smart ways to beat a rap. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 But when things that Glencore is meant to be expert at, such as operating in dodgy countries, go awry, its investment case is harder to make. The Economist, "Glencore faces a DoJ probe stretching from Africa to the Americas," 5 July 2018 Beyond immigration, more reports surfaced of dodgy behavior by Trump cabinet members. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The 4 most important stories of the week, explained," 22 June 2018 So for those folks, relying on the good graces of tippers is a dodgy way to make a living. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Is our culture decent enough to keep tipping?," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of dodgy

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dodgy

: false or dishonest

: causing a lack of trust or confidence

: in bad condition

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