—v.t. 1. to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question. 2. Also,hold back.Photog.(in printing) to shade (an area of a print) from exposure for a period, while exposing the remainder of the print in order to lighten or eliminate the area (sometimes fol. by out). Cf. burn1 (def. 36).
—v.i. 1. to move aside or change position suddenly, as to avoid a blow or get behind something.
2. to use evasive methods; prevaricate: When asked a direct question, he dodges.
—n. 1. a quick, evasive movement, as a sudden jump away to avoid a blow or the like.
2. an ingenious expedient or contrivance; shifty trick.
3. Slang.a business, profession, or occupation.
Pronunciation: (doj),[key] —n. Mary Elizabeth, 1831–1905, U.S. editor and author of children's books.