1. [ verb ] make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid

"The child dodged the teacher's blow"

Related terms: move
2. [ noun ] an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
Synonyms: stratagem contrivance

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

Related terms: scheme plant pump-and-dump_scheme wangle
3. [ verb ] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
Synonyms: sidestep evade skirt hedge duck circumvent put_off elude parry fudge

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

Related terms: avoid quibble evasion circumvention equivocator hedge
4. [ noun ] a quick evasive movement
Related terms: evasion
5. [ verb ] move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course

"the pickpocket dodged through the crowd"

Related terms: move
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1524
7. [ noun ] a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
Synonyms: scheme dodging
Related terms: falsehood hedge
Similar spelling:   dotage