worn or shabby from overuse or (of pages) from having corners turned down

"a somewhat dog-eared duke...a bit run down"-Clifton Fadiman


an old book with dog-eared pages

Syn: ↑eared
Similar to: ↑worn

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adjective also dog's-eared
1. : having dog-ears

a dog-eared book

a somewhat dog-eared … duke, a bit run down — Clifton Fadiman

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/dawg"eard', dog"-/, adj.
1. having dog-ears: a dog-eared book.
2. shabby; worn: dog-eared furniture.
Also, dogeared.

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dogˈ-eared adjective
1. (of pages of a book) turned down like the ears of a dog
2. Hence, shabby and scruffy
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Main Entry:dog

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dog-eared UK [ˈdɒɡ ˌɪə(r)d] US [ˈdɑɡ ˌɪrd] adjective
a dog-eared page or book has been used so much that the corners or edges have become damaged or torn
Thesaurus: broken, torn or damagedsynonym

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dog-eared «DG IHRD, DOG-», adjective.
having pages with corners folded down.

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/ˈdɑːgˌiɚd/ adj [more \dog-eared; most \dog-eared]
: having some pages with the top corners folded down

All I had was a few old dog-eared copies of my favorite books.

a dog-eared magazine

— sometimes used figuratively

dog-eared jokes [=old jokes that have been told many times]

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ˈdog-eared [dog-eared] adjective
(of a book) used so much that the corners of many of the pages are turned down

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  • dog-eared — a. 1. Having the corners of the leaves turned down and soiled by careless or long continued usage; said of a book; as, an old book with dog eared pages. Note: Making a page dog eared is sometimes done deliberately to mark a location in a book. [ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dog-eared — dog′ eared or dog′eared adj. 1) having dog ears: a dog eared volume[/ex] 2) shabby; worn • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • dog-eared — [ˈdɔg ıəd US ˈdo:g ırd] adj dog eared books or papers have been used so much that the corners are turned over or torn ▪ a dog eared novel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dog-eared — [ dag ,ırd ] adjective a dog eared page or book has been used so much that the corners or edges have become damaged or torn …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dog-eared — If a book is dog eared, it is in bad condition, with torn pages, etc …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • dog-eared — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having worn or battered corners …   English terms dictionary

  • dog-eared — adjective Date: circa 1800 1. having dog ears < a dog eared book > 2. shabby, timeworn < a dog eared resort > < dog eared myths > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dog-eared — /dawg eard , dog /, adj. 1. having dog ears: a dog eared book. 2. shabby; worn: dog eared furniture. Also, dogeared. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • dog-eared — adjective a) To be bent or slightly ragged in appearance in a manner like the ear of certain dogs. It implies that the page has been read a lot, but could be a sign of mistreatment: The pages in his favorite book were dog eared from years of… …   Wiktionary

  • dog-eared — ADJ GRADED A book or piece of paper that is dog eared has been used so much that the corners of the pages are turned down or torn. eared copies of ancient history books …   English dictionary

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