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  • n. A corner of a page in a book that has been folded down, usually to mark a place in the book.
  • v. To fold down the corner of a page in a book.


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  • (verb) To turn the corners of the page of a book.

    Dog-eared (adjective) Though the OED does not mention it, other things can be dog-eared besides books. At first I inferred that the adjective can be applied to any well worn and (ab)used item. In referring to the shopping cart of an elderly Dubliner, AP writer, Shawn Pogatchnik, described it as “her dog-eared blue-leather trolley.�? However, I discovered that dog-earing can also be a characteristic of fabric. Tom Burns Haber refers to George Linton's Modern Textile Dictionary, which states that dog-earing refers to “A defect in cloth that tends to roll or curl up at the corners.�?

    July 11, 2009