• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dog-eared worn or shabby from overuse or (of pages) from having corners turned down "a somewhat dog-eared duke...a bit run down"-Clifton Fadiman","an old book with dog-eared pages"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
    • dog-eared Having the corners of the leaves turned down and soiled by careless or long-continued usage; -- said of a book; as, an old book with dog-eared pages. "Statute books before unopened, not dog-eared ."
    • dog-eared worn down, shabby.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dog-eared Having the corners of the leaves curled over and soiled by use, as a book. Also dog's-eared.
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Dog-eared - If a book is dog-eared, it is in bad condition, with torn pages, etc.


In literature:

Jake picked up two ragged and dog-eared volumes from his table.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
Hawker took the dog's long ears and tried to tie them into a knot.
"The Third Violet" by Stephen Crane
Meanwhile Alexis was rolling on the grass, letting the little dog pretend to bite his ears.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
How those flaps of ears were projected forwards, like unto those of a dog!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
It requires a very savage dog to kill her, and he is apt to be minus an ear when the battle is over.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
All the while, the alarm raised by the negro, and the dog, and the women, was sounding in the man's ears.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
And had she not a dog's ears and a sailor's eyes for his enemies?
"Ambrotox and Limping Dick" by Oliver Fleming
He and Sue stood in the fast-darkening woods and to their ears the bark of the dog sounded fainter now.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove" by Laura Lee Hope
I turned the yellow and dog's-eared pages, reading here and there a sentence.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Emma Dean declared that the dog must be deaf in that ear, for he never seemed to hear with it.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower

In poetry:

A grave old dog, with tattered ears
Too sore to cock up, reader!—
A four-legged hero, full of years,
But sturdy as a cedar.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
This 'tis t' engage with dogs and bears
Pell-mell together by the ears,
And, after painful bangs and knocks, To lie in limbo in the stocks,
And from the pinnacle of glory
Fall headlong into purgatory.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler
Verandas baked with musky sleep,
Mulberry faces dozing deep,
And dogs that lick the sunlight up
Like paste of gold – or, roused in vain
By far, mysterious buggy-wheels,
Lower their ears, and drowse again….
"Country Towns" by Kenneth Slessor
What man o'er one old thought would pore and pore,
Shut like a book between its covers thin
For every fool to leave his dog's ears in,
When solitude is his, and God forevermore,
Just for the opening of a paltry door?
"The Pioneer" by James Russell Lowell
He slept as he were a chosen of Israel's God Almighty.
A dog out of Canaan!--thought he I was woman alone?
I slipt like an asp to his ear and laughed for the sight he
Would give when the carrion kites should tear to his bone.
"Jael" by Cale Young Rice
To 'ear 'er voice!…A bloke 'ud be a log
'Oo kep' 'is block. Me mind wus in a fog
Of sorrer for to think 'ow I wus wrong;
Ar, I 'ave been a fair ungrateful 'og!
The feelin' that she put into that song
'Ud melt the 'eart-strings of a chiner dog.
"The Siren " by C J Dennis

In news:

What recipe is on the dirtiest, most dog-eared page of your favorite cookbook.
Ear implants help correct dogs' droopy ears.
What recipe is on the dirtiest, most dog- eared page of your favorite cookbook.
Heather Himes begins to trim the ears of Moxie, a Shih Tzu-Pomeranian mix, at The Dog Salon in Charlotte, N.C. By Davis Turner, for USA TODAY.
Through the doors come Hillyer 's patrons, friends and supporters of the local poetry scene and a palpably nervous few grasping dog-eared books or ratty sheets of notebook paper -- the poets.
Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, IN, 2011.
But in addition to reading dog-eared texts, they will watch the story unfold on computer screens, complete with costumed characters and sound effects.
Man accused of beating dog, severing part of ear.
There is fate in the moldy, dog-eared paperbacks found on the shelves and bedside tables of summer guest rooms.
I was actually looking for a floppy earred bunny at the local spca and was wondering through the dog kennel and saw tana in the cage and it was love at first sight.
Corn dogs, elephant ears and so much more.
Try not to let your dog ride with her head out the window because dirt and debris could get in her eyes or ears.
Risk Mitigation: Personal Security Handbook for the Traveling Professional, by Clint Emerson with Lynn Walters, Dog Ear Publishing, 570 pp.
I love to read in bed with a small dim light, and wake up with the book still in my hands and my last page dog-eared.
Often there is a cat in the home with no evident symptoms, and a dog in the same home gets the mites in the ears and scratches and shakes in obvious distress.