Meaning of “dog-eared” in the English Dictionary

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"dog-eared" in British English

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dog-earedadjective

uk /ˈdɒɡ.ɪəd/ us /ˈdɑːɡ.ɪrd/

Examples from literature

  • He tossed the dog-eared book to the sergeant. 
  • Jake picked up two ragged and dog-eared volumes from his table. 
  • Next he withdrew the book of verses and after that the country-store note-book with its dog-eared and age-yellowed pages. 
  • They made no answer, but when they returned for the empty dishes they left a couple of dog-eared magazines. 
  • While waiting, he walked over to the desk and turned over the leaves of the dog-eared register. 

(Definition of “dog-eared” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dog-eared" in American English

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dog-earedadjective

us /ˈdɔɡˌɪərd/

(of a book or paper) with part of the pages folded down as the result of a lot of use

(Definition of “dog-eared” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)