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jar

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noun \ ˈjär \

Definition of jar

1 :a widemouthed container made typically of earthenware or glass
  • a pottery jar
  • a cookie jar
2 :as much as a jar will hold
  • ate an entire jar of pickles

jarful

play \ˈjär-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of jar in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of jar

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


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jar

verb

Definition of jar

jarred; jarring
intransitive verb
1 a :to have a harshly disagreeable or disconcerting effect
  • The noise jarred on her nerves.
  • a jarring experience
b :to make a harsh or discordant sound
  • winced as the iron gate jarred against the sidewalk
c :to be out of harmony
  • a course that jarred with his habitual feelings
  • —George Eliot
; specifically :bicker
2 :to undergo severe vibration
transitive verb
:to cause to jar: such as
a :to affect disagreeably :unsettle
  • The violent opposition jarred his resolve.
b :to make unstable or loose :shake
  • jar the ball free

jarringly

play \ˈjär-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of jar

probably of imitative origin


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jar

noun

Definition of jar

1 a :a sudden or unexpected shake
  • jars and jolts
b :an unsettling shock
  • gave her nerves a jar
c :an unpleasant break or conflict in rhythm, flow, or transition
  • works persistently, swiftly, without jar
  • —Sinclair Lewis
2 a :a state or manifestation of discord or conflict
b :a harsh grating sound

Origin and Etymology of jar

see 2jar


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jar

noun

Definition of jar

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

Origin and Etymology of jar

alteration of earlier char turn, from Middle English — more at chare


JAR Defined for English Language Learners

jar

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verb

Definition of jar for English Language Learners

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

  • : to hit or shake (something) forcefully

  • : to make (someone) feel uneasy


JAR Defined for Kids

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jar

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noun \ ˈjär \

Definition of jar for Students

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

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jar

verb

Definition of jar for Students

jarred; jarring
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.

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jar

noun

Definition of jar for Students

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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