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dog-eared

or dogeared

[dawg-eerd, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌɪərd, ˈdɒg-/
adjective
1.
having dog-ears:
a dog-eared book.
2.
shabby; worn:
dog-eared furniture.
Origin of dog-eared
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
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  • While waiting, he walked over to the desk and turned over the leaves of the dog-eared register.

    The Colonel's Dream Charles W. Chesnutt
  • In the great room the fire breast is outlined with a dog-eared mold.

    Seaport in Virginia Gay Montague Moore
  • A turned-down page, it is perhaps a little too dog-eared to be read over again, but we all like to compare notes.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • All openings are dog-eared, as well as the panels of the chimney breasts.

    Seaport in Virginia Gay Montague Moore
  • There were passages marked up with pen, dog-eared pages, notes in the margin.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Jake picked up two ragged and dog-eared volumes from his table.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • She hurried away to some outlying part of the house, reappearing in a few minutes with a dog-eared bundle of sheets in her hand.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • He waltzes out a great trunk on its corners till they are as dog-eared as a school reader.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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