: having dog-ears
a dog-eared book
: shabby, timeworn
a dog-eared resort
dog-eared myths

Examples of dog-eared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tampa Bay is still a very good team, even if a bit dog-eared around the edges of its elite personnel. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dog-eared was in 1767

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“Dog-eared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog-eared. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having dog-ears
: worn-out from too much use

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