having the ears cropped.
having the hair cropped short, so that the ears are conspicuous.

Origin of crop-eared

First recorded in 1520–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crop-eared

Historical Examples of crop-eared

  • I mean the fellow that had the crop-eared cob with the white legs.

  • She ran off as soon as she saw Jeph coming, and said he was a crop-eared villain.

    Under the Storm

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • D—n me, it shall never be said in my time that the —th suffered a crop-eared Irishman to preach to them in their own mess-room!

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • He looked longingly upon the two crop-eared fellows, and begrudged the Church the possession of them.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan

  • I give him my supper because he was hungry, and he ate it all, and called me a crop-eared rebel for my pains.

    Crown and Sceptre

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for crop-eared



having the ears or hair cut short
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