From dog + eared (“having ears (of a specified type)”), modelled after dog’s-ear (obsolete), due to the similarity of their appearance to the folded ears of certain dogs. The word is analysable as dog-ear (“to fold the corner of a book’s page”) + -ed (suffix forming possessional adjectives) (dog-ear is attested in print later than dog-eared).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdɒɡɪəd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɡˌɪ(ə)ɹd/, /ˈdɑɡ-/
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- Of a page in a book or other publication: having its corner folded down, either due to having been read many times, or intentionally as a sort of bookmark.
- By thumbing to the dog-eared pages, she quickly found the items in the catalog she wanted to order.
- The pages in his favourite book were dog-eared from years of reading it at bedtime.
- 1891, Oscar Wilde, chapter 10, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, London, New York, N.Y., Melbourne, Vic.: Ward Lock & Co., →OCLC:
- There was the huge Italian cassone, with its fantastically painted panels and its tarnished gilt mouldings, in which he had so often hidden himself as a boy. There the satinwood book-case filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks.
- 1921, Thomas Sigismund Stribling, “Chapter IV”, in Birthrigt:
- To the uninitiated it may seem strange to behold a Harvard graduate stuck down day after day poring over a pile of dog-eared school-books— third arithmetics, primary grammars, beginners' histories of Tennessee, of the United States, of England; physiology, hygiene. It may seem queer. But when it comes to standing a Wayne County teacher's examination, the specific answers to the specific questions on a dozen old examination slips are worth all the degrees Harvard ever did confer.
- 2002 September 19, Stephen Moss, “Don’t spare the horses – riders set off for hunt rally”, in Alan Rusbridger, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 9 September 2014:
- Dog-eared tomes litter his sitting room, filled with lovely names – Sailor, Scandal, Saucebox, Starlight, Siren, to take a few from a random page of the directory for 1875.
- (figuratively) Ragged, worn-out; also, hackneyed, tired.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:deteriorated, Thesaurus:hackneyed
- Antonyms: fresh, original; see also Thesaurus:new
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- dog-ear (noun)