- having dog-ears: a dog-eared book.
- shabby; worn: dog-eared furniture.
Origin of dog-eared
First recorded in 1775–85
- (in a book) a corner of a page folded over like a dog's ear, as by careless use, or to mark a place.
- Architecture. crossette.
- to fold down the corner of (a page in a book).
Also dog·ear, dog's-ear.
Origin of dog-ear
First recorded in 1650–60
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Related Wordsdeserted, desolate, dilapidated, broken-down, neglected, dingy, crumbling, decrepit, ramshackle, seedy, derelict, rickety, tacky, shabby, decaying, grubby, crummy, sleazy, squalid, scruffy
Examples from the Web for dog-eared
Still, one can easily envision hordes clutching their dog-eared paperbacks of Inferno straining to find the flag.Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Sparks Dante Fever in Florence
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 30, 2013
Accusing Washington of failure to work properly is one of the most dog-eared pages in the political playbook.Jon Huntsman and Joe Manchin’s No Labels Bromance
January 15, 2013
There the satinwood bookcase filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks.The Picture of Dorian Gray
In the great room the fire breast is outlined with a dog-eared mold.
All openings are dog-eared, as well as the panels of the chimney breasts.
Jake picked up two ragged and dog-eared volumes from his table.Badge of Infamy
Lester del Rey
But whichever the reason, more cards are bent or dog-eared than are left flat.Etiquette
- having dog-ears
- shabby or worn
- (tr) to fold down the corner of (a page)
- computing to bookmark (a website)
- a folded-down corner of a page
- computing a bookmark
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