[ krop-eerd ]

  1. having the ears cropped.

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

Origin of crop-eared

First recorded in 1520–30

Words Nearby crop-eared Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crop-eared in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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
  • Close beside her were crop-eared Grip and Grapple, looking up at the line above them where hairy neck and shoulder joined.

    Bob, Son of Battle | Alfred Ollivant
  • In other words, his ace was crop-eared José, and his ace was not destined to be unsupported by other trump cards.

    The Black Pearl | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • There was that commanding trump—his knowledge, his unsuspected knowledge of the whereabouts of crop-eared José.

    The Black Pearl | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow

British Dictionary definitions for crop-eared


  1. having the ears or hair cut short

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