Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Bent or slightly ragged in appearance, especially due to having been read many times.
  • adj. Having the corner folded over, as a sort of bookmark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the corners of the leaves turned down and soiled by careless or long-continued usage; -- said of a book.
  • adj. worn down, shabby.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the corners of the leaves curled over and soiled by use, as a book. Also dog's-eared.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

From dog + ear + -ed, due to the similarity of appearance to the ears of certain dogs. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Can fans clutching dog-eared copies searching for real-life images from its pages be far behind?

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  • A low card table with a green felt inlay, deck of dog-eared cards, the suits faded and fingered to nothingness.

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  • They'd go well with a splash of chili oil and a dog-eared copy of Good Omens.

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  • (I have heard some Internet blowhards attempting to expound on what they apparently see as an inherently right-wing traditionalist heavy metal philosophy, but I am fairly sure this is simply the result of a few too many hours spent feverishly masturbating over their dog-eared copy of Lords Of Chaos.)

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  • You can check the handbag of just about any night shift nurse and you will usually find a dog-eared copy of “The Notebook”, “P.S. – I Love You” or “Message in a Bottle”.

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  • Associated Press Jack Kerouac There's plenty to be said for a dog-eared, motor-oil-stained, well-underlined copy of "On the Road," but there are a few things the vintage version doesn't offer.

    'On the Road,' Unleashed

  • Sarah Palin is rarely seen in the Alaskan woods without her dog-eared copy of Immanuel Kant's "Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics."

    Beach Reading for Would-Be Presidents

  • There's plenty to be said for a dog-eared, motor-oil-stained, well-underlined copy of "On the Road," but there are a few things the vintage version doesn't offer.

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  • There were avocados on mismatched plates eaten under shade trees with chai lattes next to dog-eared classics and a 50 cent romance pinched from the laundry across the street.

    You are beautiful just the way you are

  • In "Twin," his show on view now at New Image Gallery in West Hollywood, he happily employs a mash-up process that borrows heavily from graffiti's mark-making and dog-eared textures of urban decay, easily sliding back and forth between paint, collage, and de-collage to achieve his sense of balance.

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