Community Web Version Now Available
Michael IELTS Band 9
Professional Teacher
Everyday UK Expressions (4): "a bit dodgy"

“Dodgy” is a very commonly used word in Britain, especially in informal conversation.

The general meaning is “suspicious” or “unreliable”.  The most common situations in which “dodgy” is used are:

a)      People

e.g. I wouldn’t lend him any money, if I were you.  He’s a bit of a dodgy character.

 b)      Machines

        e.g. I bought this old car very cheaply last year but the engine’s a bit dodgy.  It makes funny noises when I drive over 60 miles an hour.  I don’t know what the matter with it is.

        c)  Situations 

        e.g. I got a call yesterday from a man offering me a million pounds if I gave him my bank account details. The whole thing sounded very dodgy to me.

There are some example sentences here.

I’m looking forward to some good quality sentences which use the word “dodgy”.  But this time, I don’t want to see any dodgy efforts!

Sep 22, 2016 3:28 PM
Comments · 4
'Don't sit on that chair, please. One of its legs is dodgy. My husband still can't fix it.'
September 23, 2016

Great examples from Natalia and Sudeep!  Thanks. I think this expression is easier to use than my other examples so far.  

Sudeep, I recommend replacing "I may face rain" with "It might/may rain".

September 23, 2016

Thank you @Michale for another nice lesson:)

Today,I want to go home but the weather seems to be a bit dodgy,I may face rain on my way. 

September 23, 2016
Thank you@Michael for suggesting a better alternative:)
September 26, 2016
Michael IELTS Band 9
Language Skills
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Learning Language
German, Italian