(also dodgem car)
noun a small electrically powered car driven within an enclosure at a funfair, with the aim of bumping other such cars and avoiding being bumped by them.
1920s: US proprietary name (as Dodg'em), from the phr. dodge them.

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  • dodgem — UK [ˈdɒdʒəm] / US [ˈdɑdʒəm] or dodgem car UK / US noun Word forms dodgem : singular dodgem plural dodgems British 1) [countable] a small electric car at a funfair, that you drive and use for deliberately hitting other cars 2) the dodgems [plural] …   English dictionary

  • Dodgem — n. a small low powered electrically powered vehicle driven on a special platform where there are many others to be dodged. Syn: bumper car. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dodgem — ☆ dodgem [däj′əm ] n. [< Dodgem, a trademark < DODG(E) + (TH)EM] an amusement park ride consisting of small, electrically powered vehicles, whose drivers move them about erratically within an enclosed area, frequently bumping one another …   English World dictionary

  • dodgem — ► NOUN ▪ a small electrically powered car with rubber bumpers, driven within an enclosure at a funfair with the aim of bumping other such cars. ORIGIN US proprietary name (as Dodg em), from dodge them …   English terms dictionary

  • Dodgem — For the fairground ride, see bumper cars. Starting position for 3×3 Dodgem Dodgem is a simple abstract strategy game invented by Colin Vout and described in the book Winning Ways. It is played on an n×n board with n 1 cars for each player two… …   Wikipedia

  • dodgem — [[t]dɒ̱ʤəm[/t]] dodgems N COUNT: usu pl A dodgem or dodgem car is a small electric car with a wide rubber strip all round. People drive dodgems around a special area at an amusement park and sometimes crash into each other for fun. [mainly BRIT,… …   English dictionary

  • dodgem — noun Date: 1945 chiefly British bumper car called also dodgem car …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dodgem — /ˈdɒdʒəm/ (say dojuhm) noun a small, low powered, electrically powered vehicle driven on a special rink at carnivals, shows, etc., for the amusement of bumping other dodgems. Also, dodgem car. {dodge + em, i.e. dodge them (other cars) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Dodgem — /doj euhm/, n. an attraction at amusement parks, carnivals, or the like, consisting of small electrically powered automobiles that the patrons drive, trying to bump other cars while avoiding being bumped by them. [DODGE + EM; formerly a… …   Universalium

  • dodgem — noun /ˈdɒdʒ.əm/ A bumper car in an amusement park. What better way to let off a little steam, than by zipping around on the dodgems, or flying high on the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster? …   Wiktionary

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