- to have a harshly unpleasant or perturbing effect on one's nerves, feelings, thoughts, etc.: The sound of the alarm jarred.
- to produce a harsh, grating sound; sound discordantly.
- to vibrate audibly; rattle: The window jarred in the frame.
- to vibrate or shake.
- to conflict, clash, or disagree.
- to cause to rattle or shake.
- to have a sudden and unpleasant effect upon (the feelings, nerves, etc.): The burglary violently jarred their sense of security.
- to cause to sound harshly or discordantly.
- a jolt or shake; a vibrating movement, as from concussion.
- a sudden unpleasant effect upon the mind or feelings; shock.
- a harsh, grating sound.
- a discordant sound or combination of sounds.
- a quarrel or disagreement, especially a minor one.
Origin of jar2
Examples from the Web for jarringly
The artificiality of the TV show, when paired with the growing intimacy between the cast members, was often jarringly surreal.The Surreal Genius of Bravo’s Rich Kids Docudrama ‘NYC Prep’
April 23, 2014
They sign off—jarringly, with a forced smile, reminiscent of his December 2000 concession speech: “Hope to see you soon.”Behind the Gores' Shocking Split
June 2, 2010
Silverman's big break came with a cameo in 2005's The Aristocrats, when she told a jarringly bawdy version of the famous joke.Sarah Silverman on Getting Old and Having Kids
April 19, 2010
Jarringly, both Drew and Jill seemed complicit with the producers rather than with us, the patients.Is Dr. Drew a Phony?
December 17, 2009
Yet so convincingly does Sidibe play the part that meeting the actress for the first time is jarringly surreal.The Powerful Force at the Center of Precious
November 2, 2009
Still they played, jarringly, for that was their untutored wont.Meadow Grass
His voice, high-pitched and jarringly loud for the occasion, suddenly broke off.Mother
But at Orange their sparkle vanished, and they were jarringly out of place.The Christmas Kalends of Provence
Thomas A. Janvier
A press on the release pedal, the top flew up—too jarringly, if you did not keep hold of the bar with one hand.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
The drill sergeant rapped out a jarringly emphatic accent against a tree with her staff.The Camp Fire Girls Do Their Bit
Hildegard G. Frey
- a wide-mouthed container that is usually cylindrical, made of glass or earthenware, and without handles
- Also: jarful the contents or quantity contained in a jar
- British informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp beerto have a jar with someone
- obsolete a measure of electrical capacitance
- to vibrate or cause to vibrate
- to make or cause to make a harsh discordant sound
- (often foll by on) to have a disturbing or painful effect (on the nerves, mind, etc)
- (intr) to disagree; clash
- a jolt or shock
- a harsh discordant sound
- on a jar or on the jar (of a door) slightly open; ajar
Word Origin and History for jarringly
1520s, "to make a harsh, grating sound," usually said to be echoic or imitative, but no one explains how, or of what. Figurative sense of "have an unpleasant effect on" is from 1530s; that of "cause to vibrate or shake" is from 1560s. Related: Jarred; jarring.
"cylindrical vessel," early 15c., possibly from Middle French jarre "liquid measure" (smaller than a barrel), 12c., from Provençal jarra, from Arabic jarrah "earthen water vessel" (whence also Spanish jarra, Italian giarra) [Klein].