having a harshly unpleasant or disturbing effect on one’s nerves, feelings, thoughts, etc.:The news of my cancer diagnosis was both jarring and devastating.
(of sounds) producing a harshly unpleasant effect; discordant: I’d much rather wake up to a gentle vibration than to the jarring sound of my phone alarm.
conflicting, clashing, or disagreeing:There is a jarring contrast between the trees and open space of the peaceful park and its hostile border of gray concrete warehouses and parking garages.
vibrating or shaking; characterized by sudden, jerky movements:There was enough rock on that trail to make for a jarring ride on a bike with narrow wheels and no suspension.
the act, state, or effect of clashing or conflicting:Paradoxically, the jarring of an encounter with the arts in the middle of outdoor urban space creates a connection between them.
the act of shaking or the state of being shaken; sudden, jerky movement:The seats had no padding and I felt bruises forming from the jarring of the truck.
the act of disturbing a person by harsh, discordant sound or by something unsettling, unexpected, or unpleasant:For UK readers, using the British text edition makes for a comfortable read without the jarring of unfamiliar spelling or phrasing.
- jar·ring·ly, adverb
- un·jar·ring, adjective
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How to use jarring in a sentence
Those mushrooms became a portal to my hometown, a culinary object so emotionally resonant, so distinct from the food I bought at my grocery store in California, that I always longed to forage and conserve a jar of my own.
Place the duck on a cutting board, then drain the rendered fat into a heatproof jar.Orange-sriracha glazed duck and roasted fruit are a stunning sheet-pan dinner combination | Olga Massov | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Ultraviolet and other forms of light can be very damaging to foods, especially those in clear packaging like jars and see-through plastic bags.How to stock your pantry to endure a long, uncertain winter | By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life | November 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
Drain the degreaser into a waste container—you’ll notice some oily residue and metal shavings from the manufacturing process in the degreaser and coating the jar.
I used a jar of olives, but I’m sure you can come up with something better.The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items | Sandra Gutierrez G. | November 5, 2020 | Popular-Science
Is it somehow jarring to some people that the father who spoke these words is not black but white?The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio | Michael Tomasky | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In comparison, “Ring Off” is almost jarring in its more cooled down, island vibe.Beyonce’s New “7/11” and “Ring Off” Will Give You Reason to Live (And Dance) | Kevin Fallon | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Dalia and Perl view Hasidic Judaism with an open-mindedness that is jarring to outsiders—and likely their peers.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers | Emily Shire | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, their work is certainly jarring for the modern mind.
A 36-story tower designed by Rafael Vinoly nicknamed the “walkie-talkie” curves outward as it rises, ungainly and jarring.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland | Clive Irving | September 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lessard uttered the command evenly, without a jarring note, his tone almost a duplicate of MacRae's.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
A body fell stiffly into the room, struck the carpet with a dull, jarring sound.
How should one understand that the tones which seemed so harsh and jarring belonged in truth to a very code of sprightliness?A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
With jarring suddenness, a terrific shudder throbbed the length of the C-49, rattling the loose articles on the desk nearby.Spacewrecked on Venus | Neil R. Jones
A jarring crash that all but threw the men of the first crews from their feet, and the Death Trail had been met.The White Desert | Courtney Ryley Cooper