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1jar

verb \ˈjär\

: to have a harsh or unpleasant effect on someone or something

: to hit or shake (something) forcefully

: to make (someone) feel uneasy

jarredjar·ring

Full Definition of JAR

intransitive verb
1
a :  to make a harsh or discordant sound
b :  to have a harshly disagreeable or disconcerting effect
c :  to be out of harmony; specifically :  bicker
2
:  to undergo severe vibration
transitive verb
:  to cause to jar: as
a :  to affect disagreeably :  unsettle
b :  to make unstable or loose :  shake <jar the ball free>
jar·ring·ly \ˈjär-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of JAR

  1. The loss jarred his confidence in the team.
  2. The earthquake jarred the tiles loose.
  3. The tiles jarred loose in the earthquake.

Origin of JAR

probably of imitative origin
First Known Use: 1526

Rhymes with JAR

2jar

noun

Definition of JAR

1
a :  a state or manifestation of discord or conflict
b :  a harsh grating sound
2
a :  a sudden or unexpected shake
b :  an unsettling shock
c :  an unpleasant break or conflict in rhythm, flow, or transition

First Known Use of JAR

1537

3jar

noun

Definition of JAR

1
:  a widemouthed container made typically of earthenware or glass
2
:  as much as a jar will hold
jar·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Origin of JAR

Middle French jarre, from Old Occitan jarra, from Arabic jarra earthen water vessel
First Known Use: 1592

4jar

noun

Definition of JAR

archaic
:  the position of being ajar —usually used in the phrase on the jar

Origin of JAR

alteration of earlier char turn, from Middle English — more at chare
First Known Use: 1674
JAR Defined for Kids

1jar

noun \ˈjär\

Definition of JAR for Kids

1
:  a usually glass or pottery container with a wide mouth
2
:  the contents of a jar <We ate a jar of pickles.>

2jar

verb
jarredjar·ring

Definition of JAR for Kids

1
:  to shake or cause to shake hard <Jonas was jarred loose and thrown violently into the air. — Lois Lowry, The Giver>
2
:  to have a disagreeable effect <The music jarred on my ears.>

3jar

noun

Definition of JAR for Kids

1
:  2jolt 1 <They felt the jar of the plane landing.>
2
:  2shock 1 <… the sound of his voice went through me with a jar. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped>
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