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What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 7:26 am

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?!

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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 7:51 am

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

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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 8:25 am

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.
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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 8:32 am

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

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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 9:14 am

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."

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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 4:29 pm

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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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 4:30 pm

It sounds pretty, "Shifty" to me.
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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 8:07 pm

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".
 
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RE: What Exactly Does "dodgy" Mean?

Fri May 30, 2003 8:15 pm

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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