[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).

Nearby words

  1. dog-and-pony show,
  2. dog-catcher,
  3. dog-cheap,
  4. dog-day cicada,
  5. dog-doo,
  6. dog-eared,
  7. dog-eat-dog,
  8. dog-end,
  9. dog-leg stair,
  10. dog-legged

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


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dogeared

British Dictionary definitions for dogeared



(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



having dog-ears
shabby or worn
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