adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈjär How to pronounce ajar (audio) \

Definition of ajar

: slightly open left the door ajar

Examples of ajar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That one misstep left the door a bit ajar, and Tsitsipas barged through. Star Tribune, "Novak Djokovic pushed to five sets before reaching final in French Open against Rafael Nadal," 9 Oct. 2020 The release states Greendale Police went back to the hotel and found the door to Tompkins' room ajar with a body on the floor, against the wall. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Prosecutor: 2 arrested after Cincinnati man fatally shot in the head at Indiana hotel," 7 Oct. 2020 Talking about DeRozan since the NBA resumed play, coach Gregg Popovich — who left the door ajar to returning for a 24th season on the Spurs’ bench himself — sounded like a man who would welcome his leading scorer back with open arms. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs enter playoffs-less offseason ready to build," 14 Aug. 2020 When the broth is slowly boiling, add the clams, stirring in, and cook for 5 minutes, with the pot covered but the lid slightly ajar. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Cioppino another great dish for solo meals," 15 Jan. 2020 On it, the Portland rapper drifts noncommittally between several styles of contemporary hip-hop and R&B, resulting in a record that sounds at once in-line with the pop-rap zeitgeist and also slightly ajar from it. Eli Enis, EW.com, "Aminé sounds stuck on Limbo: Review," 7 Aug. 2020 On this date the victim had gone outside and saw his car door ajar and upon further examination found that the glovebox had been rummaged through and the shoes missing. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 3 Aug. 2020 Lower the heat so that the mixture simmers gently, with the cover a bit ajar, for another 40 minutes, or until the squash chunks are beginning to fall apart. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Finishing soups," 18 Dec. 2019 The front doors were ajar, but after checking the interior, no signs of burglary were apparent. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Neighbor feeds deer in another man’s yard in hopes of bagging them: Russell Township Police Blotter," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ajar

1559, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ajar

earlier on char, from Middle English, from on + char turn — more at chare

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22 Oct 2020

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“Ajar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ajar. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ajar

: slightly open


adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈjär How to pronounce ajar (audio) \

Kids Definition of ajar

: slightly open I left the door ajar.

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