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dog-eared

[dawg-eerd, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌɪərd, ˈdɒg-/
adjective
1.
having dog-ears:
a dog-eared book.
2.
shabby; worn:
dog-eared furniture.
Also, dogeared.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85

dog-ear

[dawg-eer, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌɪər, ˈdɒg-/
noun
1.
(in a book) a corner of a page folded over like a dog's ear, as by careless use, or to mark a place.
2.
Architecture, crossette.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fold down the corner of (a page in a book).
Also, dogear, dog's-ear.
Origin
1650-60

dog's-ear

[dawgz-eer, dogz-] /ˈdɔgzˌɪər, ˈdɒgz-/
noun, verb (used with object)
1.
Related forms
dog's-eared, adjective
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Examples from the web for dog-eared
  • For instance, full pages can be missing or dog-eared corners could reveal an incorrect page number.
  • At one end of the bench there was a pile of dog-eared magazines.
British Dictionary definitions for dog-eared

dog-eared

adjective
1.
having dog-ears
2.
shabby or worn

dog-ear

verb
1.
(transitive) to fold down the corner of (a page)
2.
(computing) to bookmark (a website)
noun
3.
a folded-down corner of a page
4.
(computing) a bookmark
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Slang definitions & phrases for dog-eared

dog-eared

adjective
  1. Worn, creased, and rumpled; shabby; unkempt
  2. Old; outworn; hackneyed: Even a clean reading of a dog-eared tune is deepened

[1894+; fr the look of a book whose pages have been repeatedly folded at the corners; found in this sense by 1824]


dog-ear

verb

To fold back the corner of a page to mark one's place in a book: Those of us who still dog-ear and reread her books say ''Who cares?''

[1886+; Found as dog's-ear by 1659]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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