ajar

1
[ uh-jahr ]
/ əˈdʒɑr /

adjective, adverb

neither entirely open nor entirely shut; partly open: The door was ajar.

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Origin of ajar

1
1350–1400; Middle English on char on the turn; see a-1, char3

Definition for ajar (2 of 2)

ajar2
[ uh-jahr ]
/ əˈdʒɑr /

adverb, adjective

in contradiction to; at variance with: a story ajar with the facts.

Origin of ajar

2
1545–55; for at jar at discord; cf. jar3 (noun)
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British Dictionary definitions for ajar (1 of 2)

ajar1
/ (əˈdʒɑː) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

(esp of a door or window) slightly open

Word Origin for ajar

C18: altered form of obsolete on char, literally: on the turn; char, from Old English cierran to turn

British Dictionary definitions for ajar (2 of 2)

ajar2
/ (əˈdʒɑː) /

adjective

(postpositive) not in harmony

Word Origin for ajar

C19: altered form of at jar at discord. See jar ²
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