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What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?  
User currently offlineAA727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4523 times:

After I read through the post about British accents, I had to ask this question. I've heard the word used in different contexts of a sentence, and I haven't found a bit of a pattern between them! Smile So, what exactly DOES "dodgy" mean?!

Sean

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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4517 times:

it means shady, not entirely above board. A bit ooh a bit waaay...

Jeremy


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4509 times:

Dodgy = unreliable, uncertain, untrustworthy. A negative quality, but it varies a bit to fit the context.

Examples:
Dodgy takeaway? It might make you bleed at both ends.
Dodgy beer probably tastes of vinegar.
A dodgy geezer sells dope or steals car radios.
Never play for money if your opponent has dodgy dice; and if you're handed a dodgy fiver, give 'em a smack in marf.

It's a very old concept. Apparently homo erectus was dodgy at DIY.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2002/leicester_2002/2254139.stm



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

American synonyms for dodgy would be "sketchy" or "shady" IMO...

Greg



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4495 times:

1. Like "The Artful Dodger" in Oliver Twist, sneaky, conniving...

2. Think about what "dodge" means, like in "dodging the question," and ap[ply it to everyday life This person would rather live in a sneaky sort of way, getting what s/he wants and not being "found out" if obtained by unethical or illegal means.

For example, some people would call Bill Clinton a "dodgy guy."

redngold



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4460 times:

Just to continue the long history of us Brits leaving you confused with our use of language  Big grin "dodgy" can also mean fraught or risky in the sense that crossing the road without looking is a bit dodgy.




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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

It sounds pretty, "Shifty" to me.


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User currently offlineSkystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 4446 times:

The word dodgy has always made me wonder why the Americans have a car called "Dodge".

You can use dodge in the same way as dodgy - eg, "That's pretty dodge".


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4443 times:

It was the car brand that was started by the Dodge brothers, who incidently invented the engine that Ford used in the Model T


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