- 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 jarred
Ragab was jarred by the experience of spending the night in jail.Eighty Lashes for Drinking? Egyptian Court Ruling Puts Sharia in the Spotlight
April 25, 2013
The jarred baby foods can be cloyingly sweet or just plain nasty.The Crazy Baby Food Diet
September 22, 2010
It jarred him to hear this horseman refer to Allis as "the Porter gal."Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
There was something in the manner of these words that jarred upon Pet's ear.Little Dorrit
I found he'd been looking Dillon up, and this jarred on me horribly.The Harbor
The damper in the lower door had a bad habit of opening when it was jarred.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
They did not use the same language and they jarred us to the very soul.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
- 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 jarred
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].