dog-eared

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See also: dogeared and dog eared

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From dog-ear +‎ -ed, due to the similarity of appearance to the ears of certain dogs.

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dog-eared (comparative more dog-eared, superlative most dog-eared)

  1. (of a page in a book) Bent or slightly ragged in appearance, especially due to having been read many times.
    The pages in his favorite book were dog-eared from years of reading it at bedtime.
    • 2002 September 19, “Don't spare the horses - riders set off for hunt rally”, in The Guardian[1]:
      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.
  2. (of a page in a book) Having the corner folded over, as a sort of bookmark.
    By thumbing to the dog-eared pages, she quickly found the items in the catalog she wanted to order.

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