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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrivance, stratagem, dodgenoun

    an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

    "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"

  2. dodgenoun

    a quick evasive movement

  3. dodge, dodging, schemeverb

    a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery

  4. dodgeverb

    make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid

    "The child dodged the teacher's blow"

  5. dodgeverb

    move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course

    "the pickpocket dodged through the crowd"

  6. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestepverb

    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"


  1. dodgenoun

    An act of dodging

  2. dodgenoun

    A trick, evasion or wile

  3. dodgeverb

    To avoid by moving out of the way (often suddenly)

    He dodged traffic crossing the street.

  4. dodgeverb

    To avoid; to sidestep

    The politician dodged the question with a meaningless reply.

  5. dodgeverb

    To go hither and thither

  6. dodgeverb

    To decrease the exposure for certain areas of a print in order to make them darker (compare burn).

  7. Dodgenoun

    derived from a diminutive of Roger. (Typically found in the United States.)

  8. Dodgenoun

    A brand of motor vehicle.

  9. Etymology: Uncertain, but possibly from Old English dydrian, by way of dialectal dodd or dodder

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Dodgeverb

    Etymology: probably corrupted from dog; to shift and play sly tricks like a dog.

    If in good offices and due retributions we may not be pinching and niggardly, it argues an earthly and ignoble mind, where we have apparently wronged, to higgle and dodge in the amends. Joseph Hall, Contemplation.

    The consideration should make men grow weary of dodging and shewing tricks with God. South.

    For he had, any time this ten years full,
    Dodg’d with him betwixt Cambridge and the Bull. John Milton.

    You know my passion for Martha, and what a dance she has led me: she dodged with me above thirty years. Addison.

    The chaffering with dissenters, and dodging about this or t’ other ceremony, is but like opening a few wickets, and leaving them a-jar, by which no more than one can get in at a time. Jonathan Swift.


  1. DODGE

    DODGE (Department of Defense Gravity Experiment) was a satellite whose primary purpose was to conduct experiments in gravity-gradient stabilization at near-geosynchronous altitudes. Its secondary objectives included measuring the Earth's magnetic field, and taking pictures of the entire Earth's disk in both black-and-white and color. It was launched atop a Titan IIIC rocket on July 1, 1967, and operated for over three years. DODGE carried ten knobbed booms oriented along three different axes, that could be independently extended and retracted by ground command.DODGE first achieved successful stabilization 12 days after launch. It took the first color picture of the complete Earth disk in August 1967.


  1. dodge

    Dodge is a verb that typically refers to the action of avoiding or moving out of the way of something quickly, often by a sudden agile movement to prevent being hit or caught. It could also imply evading a question, responsibility, or duty. As a noun, it represents a clever, often deceitful trick or scheme to avoid something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dodgeverb

    to start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile; to shift place by a sudden start

  2. Dodgeverb

    to evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble

  3. Dodgeverb

    to evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed or a ball thrown

  4. Dodgeverb

    fig.: To evade by craft; as, to dodge a question; to dodge responsibility

  5. Dodgeverb

    to follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place

  6. Dodgenoun

    the act of evading by some skillful movement; a sudden starting aside; hence, an artful device to evade, deceive, or cheat; a cunning trick; an artifice

  7. Etymology: [Of uncertain origin: cf. dodder, v., daddle, dade, or dog, v. t.]


  1. Dodge

    Dodge, formally the Dodge Division of Chrysler Group LLC is a brand of automobiles, minivans, and sport utility vehicles manufactured by Chrysler Group LLC, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Dodge vehicles presently include the lower-priced badge variants of Chrysler-badged vehicles as well as performance cars, though for much of its existence Dodge was Chrysler's mid-priced brand above Plymouth. Founded as the Dodge Brothers Company by brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge in 1900, Dodge was originally a supplier of parts and assemblies for Detroit-based automakers and began building complete automobiles in 1915, predating the founding of Chrysler Corporation. The Dodge brothers died suddenly in 1920 and the company was sold to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925 before being sold to Chrysler in 1928. Dodge vehicles mainly consisted of trucks and full-sized passenger cars through the 1970s, though it did make some inroads into the compact car market during this time. The 1973 oil crisis and its subsequent impact on the American automobile industry led Chrysler to develop the K platform of compact to midsize cars for the 1981 model year. The K platform and its derivatives are credited with reviving Chrysler's business in the 1980s; one such derivative became the Dodge Caravan, which is considered to be the first modern minivan and the best-selling minivan of all time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dodge

    doj, v.i. to start aside or shift about: to evade or use mean tricks: to shuffle or quibble.—v.t. to evade by a sudden shift of place: to trick.—n. an evasion: a trick: a quibble.—ns. Dodg′er; Dodg′ery, trickery.—adj. Dodg′y. [Cf. dodder, toddle, diddle; Scot. daddle, doddle.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dodge

    A homely but expressive phrase for shuffling conduct, or cunning of purpose. Also, to watch or follow a ship from place to place.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DODGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dodge is ranked #1635 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dodge surname appeared 22,035 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Dodge.

    92.4% or 20,367 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 599 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 397 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 353 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 165 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 152 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dodge in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dodge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dodge in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne:

    There are two cars in particular, the Dodge Dart and the Chrysler 200, which will run their course but without creating additional capacity in the United States, we need to re-utilize ... plant infrastructure to try and deal with the development of both Jeep and the Ram brands.

  2. Chief Art Acevedo:

    Larry McQuilliams shot at an occupied police headquarters. It's occupied 24 hours a day, and by the grace of God we were able to dodge quite a few bullets here.

  3. Douglas Noel Adams:

    You can't dodge your responsibilities by saying they don't exist

  4. William F. Halsey, Sr.:

    All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.

  5. Marie Ebner von Eschenbach:

    Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

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  • مراوغةArabic
  • отбягвам, избягвамBulgarian
  • vyhýbat se, uhnout, vyhnout seCzech
  • ausweichenGerman
  • esquivar, evadirSpanish
  • väistää, vältelläFinnish
  • contourner, esquiver, éviterFrench
  • scansare, schivareItalian
  • よける, 身をかわすJapanese
  • uit de weg gaan, ontwijkenDutch
  • esquivarPortuguese
  • избегать, извернуться, увёртываться, избежать, уклониться, увиливать, изворачиваться, увернуться, уклоняться, увильнутьRussian
  • uhýbať, uhnúť sa, vyhýbať saSlovak
  • ஏமாற்றுவதற்குTamil
  • หลบThai
  • atlatmakTurkish
  • houwerWalloon

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