(?), a. 1. 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. Making a page dog-eared is sometimes done deliberately to mark a location in a book.
[1913 Webster]

Statute books before unopened, not dog-eared.
Ld. Mansfield.
[1913 Webster]

2. worn down, shabby.
Syn. -- eared.
[WordNet 1.5]


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