dog-eared


in a worn condition

TRANSLATION

dog-eared = voller Eselsohren, eselsohrig, abgewetzt (durch übermäßige Inanspruchnahme) — to dog-ear a page = eine Blattecke umknicken

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“The charm of battered books - Broken-backed and DOG-EARED, the more decrepit these volumes are the more I love them. How about you?”

David Barnett - The Guardian

Did you
know?

dog-ear

noun
- a turned-down corner of the leaf of a book
- a bookmark in computing

verb transitive
- to turn down the corner of a leaf or leaves in a book
- to bookmark a website

dog-eared

adjective
- having the corners worn or battered with use (of an object made from paper)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary
Collins English Dictionary
Oxford Languages


ORIGIN

The phrase dates back at least to the late 18th century: “…those opinions quoted by the Hon. Gentleman from dog’s-eared pages of pamphlets ...” - William Pitt the Younger, address to the House of Commons, Feb. 3, 1799.


A TERRIBLE WARNING!

Irma Pince, the librarian at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter novels, issued an ominous warning to those who damage books:

“A warning if you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them.”


SYNONYMS

bend, concertina, corrugate, crease, crimp, crimple, crinkle, crumple, curl, DOG-EAR, double-over, fold, fold-over, fold-up, furrow, pleat, rumple, scrumple, scrunch, squash, squidge, tuck, turn-over, wrinkle


Practice OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“That book is out-of-print, but you can borrow my DOG-EARED copy if you like."


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