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
dodginess noun

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Example Sentences

The car's got a dodgy engine. They got into a dodgy situation.
Recent Examples on the Web But the Stamp Realm has a darker side too: a group of dodgy types plot to cross the divide between the fantasy land and reality. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 19 Sep. 2022 At a press conference the following day, members of the Artemis team suggested the apparent engine issue might actually have been a sign of a dodgy temperature sensor. WIRED, 5 Sep. 2022 Online marketplaces like Amazon would have to do the same for dodgy products, such as counterfeit sneakers or unsafe toys. Kelvin Chan And Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Apr. 2022 Online marketplaces like Amazon would have to do the same for dodgy products, such as counterfeit sneakers or unsafe toys. Kelvin Chan And Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Apr. 2022 The dodgy fairy is M. Night Shyamalan, of Signs and The Happening: the sometimes brilliant, sometimes exasperating high-concept showman whose influence is also present – but unacknowledged, un-homaged. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 20 July 2022 There are hints of the dodgy tactics that would eventually topple Holmes, yet the overwhelming impression is of her extraordinary nature. Manvir Singh, Wired, 14 July 2022 In case of a dodgy activity, IdentityIQ will send you a timely alert and also go all the way towards restoring your identity. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 June 2022 Formerly dodgy neighborhoods like Malasaña—from which La Movida movement and Pedro Almodóvar came—and the once druggy Chueca have been cleaned up and reinvented with stylish storefronts, sunny cafes, and a chorus of languages, including English. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 6 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 29 Sep 2022

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