Postscript: According to his Instagram and Facebook feed, ajar is still living large.
Nothing especially surprising there, except that she kept opening the door instead of leaving it ajar while cleaning.
The former girlfriend of ajar, Ames was also friends with Roy Lopez, the other alleged “fence,” and buddies with Lee.
The door was ajar: I entered hastily and pushed it to, but he had followed me on the instant, and now stood with it in his hand.
You left it ajar once—this light might show through the window draperies.
Benedicta's door was ajar, and I stood outside a long time, gazing upon the beautiful picture presented to my eyes.
The door was ajar when he reached it, but there was no answer to his rap.
And when she had let Serge knock at the door twice, she softly set it ajar, and received him with an old-fashioned courtesy.
To his surprise and joy he saw that the door of No. 61 was ajar.
The door was ajar, but he could see that there was some person standing out in the hall.
1718, perhaps from Scottish dialectal a char "slightly open," earlier on char (early 16c.), from Middle English char, from Old English cier "a turn."