jar

2
[jahr]

verb (used without object), jarred, jar·ring.

verb (used with object), jarred, jar·ring.

noun


Origin of jar

2
1520–30; probably imitative; cf. chirr
Related formsjar·ring·ly, adverbun·jarred, adjectiveun·jar·ring, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jarring

Contemporary Examples of jarring

Historical Examples of jarring

  • Then there was a jarring impact that made his arm numb to the shoulder.

  • This question was, as usual, the fruitful source of jarring opinions.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • There was no movement of the field, no jarring, no vibration.

  • The truck came to a jarring stop as the driver jammed on the brakes.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Their share is confined to swinging the axe and gripping the jarring drill.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss


British Dictionary definitions for jarring

jar

1

noun

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

Word Origin for jar

C16: from Old French jarre, from Old Provençal jarra, from Arabic jarrah large earthen vessel

jar

2

verb jars, jarring or jarred

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

noun

a jolt or shock
a harsh discordant sound
Derived Formsjarring, adjectivejarringly, adverb

Word Origin for jar

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare Old English cearran to creak

jar

3

noun

on a jar or on the jar (of a door) slightly open; ajar

Word Origin for jar

C17 (in the sense: turn): from earlier char, from Old English cierran to turn; see ajar 1
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Word Origin and History for jarring

jar

v.

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.

jar

n.

"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].

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