Definition of dog-ear in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdôɡir/


[with object]
Fold down the corner of (a book or magazine), typically to mark a place.
Example sentences
  • I change seats and sit next to woman wearing a good bottle-and-a-half of horrid perfume, reading a magazine and dog-earing pages.
  • The carnal lover wantonly writes in margins and fly-leafs, underlines passages, dog-ears pages and keeps books spread-eagled/face down, straining the spine.
  • If it's a mediocre book, I may or may not dog-ear it.


(Of an object made from paper) with the corners worn or battered with use.
Example sentences
  • I found no joy in cleaning up some little tyrant's mess and I didn't have enough emotion in me to cry over a silly dog-eared card.
  • The yellowed pages were dog-eared and extremely battered, and I replaced it gingerly on the shelf as I went to answer the door.
  • It was a worn book, pages dog-eared, and edges faded.

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Syllabification: dog-ear

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