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jar

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verb \ˈjär\

Simple Definition of jar

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

  • : to hit or shake (something) forcefully

  • : to make (someone) feel uneasy

Full Definition of jar

jarredjar·ring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to undergo severe vibration

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to jar: as a :  to affect disagreeably :  unsettle b :  to make unstable or loose :  shake <jar the ball free>

jar·ring·ly play \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


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jar

noun

Definition of jar

  1. 1 a :  a state or manifestation of discord or conflict b :  a harsh grating sound

  2. 2 a :  a sudden or unexpected shake b :  an unsettling shock c :  an unpleasant break or conflict in rhythm, flow, or transition



1537

First Known Use of jar

1537


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jar

noun

Definition of jar

  1. 1 :  a widemouthed container made typically of earthenware or glass

  2. 2 :  as much as a jar will hold

jar·ful play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun


Origin of jar

Middle French jarre, from Old Occitan jarra, from Arabic jarra earthen water vessel


First Known Use: 1592


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jar

noun

Definition of jar

archaic

  1. :  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



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