from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having broad, loose, dependent ears.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having broad, loose, flapping ears.


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  • Glancing through the front window, Nadya saw the heavily bundled woman barreling toward the tavern; her head, covered in a flap-eared khaki-green woolen hat, was bowed against the swirls of blowing snow.

    The Diamond Secret

  • Mary could make out Mitchell Cohen at the wheel, wearing his usual, flap-eared Russian fur hat.

    Black Friday

  • That flap-eared engineer's bicycle works — and so does he while riding it.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • Thus in a few minutes Hazel fared forth, wrapped in Bill's fur coat, a flap-eared cap on her head, and on her feet several pairs of stockings inside moccasins that Bill had procured from some mysterious source a day or two before.

    North of Fifty-Three

  • He saw that Claire was angry; but that the Gilsons and Mrs. Corey, flap-eared, gape-mouthed, forward-bending, were very proud of their little Jeff.

    Free Air

  • 'The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington,' while the leering rascals in the pilot coats and the flap-eared caps huddled together over their filthy tables, and swigged their strong drink and thumbed their greasy cards and swore horribly in all the lingoes of Babel.


  • "It's as regimental as a yellow flap-eared mongrel wot's bin enticed away from its rightful owner," said the insubordinate Chippo.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-05-05

  • The King looked at him and behold, he was a very old man, more than ninety years of age, of a swarthy complexion and white beard and eyebrows, flap-eared, long-nosed and simple and conceited of aspect.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume I

  • The first effects of this spell were to bring up Bell, Blanch, and Hylas, the three flap-eared hounds, who came frisking over the grass with many antics that might be said to resemble the bows and curtsies of the human species, and which were accompanied by the houndish salutation of deep-mouthed howls that the horn never fails to wake up in these animals.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendency.

  • As I hand over doorknob and screw to the man and ring the bell, another man in a flap-eared cap appears at my elbow, tsking and tutting and rolling his eyes like a disappointed hobbit.

    The Guardian World News


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  • Those desert winds are the bane of my existence.

    March 16, 2011

  • There's just one difference between these definitions, but it's a fun one:

    "Having broad, loose, flapping ears."

    --Century Dictionary

    "Having broad, loose, dependent ears."

    --GNU Webster's 1913

    March 15, 2011