or dog·eared

[dawg-eerd, dog-]


having dog-ears: a dog-eared book.
shabby; worn: dog-eared furniture.

Origin of dog-eared

First recorded in 1775–85


[dawg-eer, dog-]


(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.

verb (used with object)

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


[dawgz-eer, dogz-]

noun, verb (used with object)

Related formsdog's-eared, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dog-eared

Contemporary Examples of dog-eared

Historical Examples of dog-eared

  • There the satinwood bookcase filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks.

  • In the great room the fire breast is outlined with a dog-eared mold.

    Seaport in Virginia

    Gay Montague Moore

  • All openings are dog-eared, as well as the panels of the chimney breasts.

    Seaport in Virginia

    Gay Montague Moore

  • 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.


    Emily Post

British Dictionary definitions for dog-eared



having dog-ears
shabby or worn



(tr) to fold down the corner of (a page)
computing to bookmark (a website)

noun Also: dog's-ear

a folded-down corner of a page
computing a bookmark
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