\ 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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Other Words from dodgy

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 Colors may be rendered differently, fonts may not load correctly, and spacing and formatting might be dodgy. Zaheer Dodhia, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Their typical strategy is to enter a country indirectly via apps and dodgy devices, make vast amounts of money, and pinch as much data as possible. John Mac Ghlionn, National Review, 16 June 2021 In a later sketch, Grohl goofed around with Fallon to sing old jingles in dodgy clothes and horrendous wigs. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 25 May 2021 All the action is—woof!—in the not-at-all-dodgy Dogecoin. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 5 May 2021 Meanwhile, other hosts have sparked controversy and irritated some fans: The show was skewered for giving a slot to Dr. Oz, who has endured years of criticism for promoting dodgy health tips on his TV talk show. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 13 May 2021 About the only expressive use of the medium is in the processing that gives the film the appearance of a dodgy video feed, with freezes and glitches that imitate a poor signal. New York Times, 7 May 2021 The advisory notes that people can protect themselves against these attacks by following common sense best practices, like not clicking dodgy links or opening files from randos. Andy Meek, BGR, 28 Apr. 2021 Crypto fraud, a SPAC bubble and a wave of U.S.-listed Chinese firms with dodgy books. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of dodgy

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jul 2021

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“Dodgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 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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