or dog·eared

[ dawg-eerd, dog- ]
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  1. having dog-ears: a dog-eared book.

  2. shabby; worn: dog-eared furniture.

Origin of dog-eared

First recorded in 1775–85

Words Nearby dog-eared Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dog-eared in a sentence

  • A full hour after Darby's departure I ventured to open the little dog-eared volume which he had thrown upon my table.

  • Rising, he went to a shelf of battered, dog-eared books, and taking down an armful proceeded to strew the volumes upon the table.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for dog-eared


  1. having dog-ears

  2. shabby or worn

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