from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To avoid (a blow, for example) by moving or shifting quickly aside.
- transitive v. To evade (an obligation, for example) by cunning, trickery, or deceit: kept dodging the reporter's questions.
- transitive v. To blunt or reduce the intensity of (a section of a photograph) by shading during the printing process.
- intransitive v. To move aside or in a given direction by shifting or twisting suddenly: The child dodged through the crowd.
- intransitive v. To practice trickery or cunning; prevaricate.
- n. The act of dodging.
- n. An ingenious expedient intended to evade or trick. See Synonyms at wile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To avoid by moving out of the way (often suddenly).
- v. To avoid; to sidestep.
- v. To go hither and thither.
- v. To decrease the exposure for certain areas of a print in order to make them darker (compare burn.
- n. An act of dodging
- n. A trick, evasion or wile
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile; to shift place by a sudden start.
- intransitive v. To evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble.
- transitive v. To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside.
- transitive v. Fig.: To evade by craft
- transitive v. To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To start suddenly aside; shift place by a sudden start, as to evade a blow or escape observation.
- To shift about; move cautiously, as in avoiding discovery, or in following and watching another's movements: as, he dodged along byways and hedges; the Indians dodged from tree to tree.
- To play tricks; be evasive; play fast and loose; raise expectations and disappoint them; quibble.
- To jog; walk in a slow, listless, or clumsy manner.
- To evade by a sudden shift of place, or by trick or device; escape by starting aside, or by baffling or roundabout movements: as, to dodge a blow; to dodge a pursuer or a creditor; to dodge a perplexing question.
- To play fast and loose with; baffle by shifts and pretexts; trick.
- n. A shifty or ingenious trick; an artifice; an evasion.
- In change-ringing, to change the place or order of (a bell) in the series used.
- n. Of a bell in change-ringing, a change in its place or order in the series used.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid
- n. a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
- n. a quick evasive movement
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- n. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
- v. move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Uncertain, but possibly from Old English dydrian, by way of dialectal dodd or dodder (Wiktionary)