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

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


Origin of jar

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




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



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


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




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



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].

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