- a broad-mouthed container, usually cylindrical and of glass or earthenware: a cookie jar.
- the quantity such a container can or does hold.
Origin of jar1
- 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
- Archaic. a turn or turning.
- on the jar, partly opened; ajar: The window was on the jar.
Origin of jar3
Examples from the Web for jar
[Laughs] I am definitely NOT playing anything like Jar Jar Binks!
It held aspirin, Sal Hepatica, cigarette papers and a Mason jar full of tobacco.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
Olivia: At home, I found myself staring at a jar of snake venom skin product.We Were Gwyneth’s GOOP Guinea Pigs
Erin Cunningham, Olivia Nuzzi
March 30, 2014
It was inspired by the short story “Mermaid in a Jar” by writer Sheila Heti, who spoke with Simmons for Interview magazine.A Doll’s Life: Laurie Simmons Explores Kigurumi
March 10, 2014
At the Met, jewels by JAR may be tacky junk, but they tell us about ourselves.Liberace Would Have Balked
January 22, 2014
Therefore, proceed to place the rubber and cover on the jar.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
He recalled his condescending tone to her, and recollected his anxiety about the jar.In the Midst of Alarms
The khan asserted his loyalty and that of his neighbour the Khan of Jar.
By the 19th all were given up, and on the 20th the troops moved back to Jar.
He had opened a jar of blackberry jam, and was just going for it with both hands.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- 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 jar
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].