- neither entirely open nor entirely shut; partly open: The door was ajar.
Origin of ajar1
- in contradiction to; at variance with: a story ajar with the facts.
Origin of ajar2
Examples from the Web for ajar
The former girlfriend of Ajar, Ames was also friends with Roy Lopez, the other alleged “fence,” and buddies with Lee.
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 Martyrdom of DSK
July 5, 2011
The door was ajar, and he stepped into a little hall covered with ingrain carpet.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Then, as the door of the first reception-room was ajar, he at last ventured in.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It was broad daylight, and the door leading into the prim little hall was ajar.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
The hall door was ajar, and when I pushed it open, no one was in the hall.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The landing at the top was dark, but the door at the rear was ajar.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (esp of a door or window) slightly open
- (postpositive) not in harmony
Word Origin and History for ajar
1718, perhaps from Scottish dialectal a char "slightly open," earlier on char (early 16c.), from Middle English char, from Old English cier "a turn."