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. copies of ancient history books.

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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 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 * * * adjective …   Useful english 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

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