To avoid (a blow, for example) by moving or shifting quickly aside. To evade (an obligation, for example) by cunning, trickery, or deceit: kept dodging the reporter's questions. To blunt or reduce the intensity of (a section of a photograph) by shading during the printing process. To move aside or in a given direction by shifting or twisting suddenly: The child dodged through the crowd. To practice trickery or cunning; prevaricate. The act of dodging. An ingenious expedient intended to evade or trick. See Synonyms at wile.