Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

jar2

[jahr]
See more synonyms for jar on Thesaurus.com
verb (used without object), jarred, jar·ring.
  1. to have a harshly unpleasant or perturbing effect on one's nerves, feelings, thoughts, etc.: The sound of the alarm jarred.
  2. to produce a harsh, grating sound; sound discordantly.
  3. to vibrate audibly; rattle: The window jarred in the frame.
  4. to vibrate or shake.
  5. to conflict, clash, or disagree.
Show More
verb (used with object), jarred, jar·ring.
  1. to cause to rattle or shake.
  2. to have a sudden and unpleasant effect upon (the feelings, nerves, etc.): The burglary violently jarred their sense of security.
  3. to cause to sound harshly or discordantly.
Show More
noun
  1. a jolt or shake; a vibrating movement, as from concussion.
  2. a sudden unpleasant effect upon the mind or feelings; shock.
  3. a harsh, grating sound.
  4. a discordant sound or combination of sounds.
  5. a quarrel or disagreement, especially a minor one.
Show More

Origin of jar2

1520–30; probably imitative; cf. chirr
Related formsjar·ring·ly, adverbun·jarred, adjectiveun·jar·ring, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for jarring

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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

jar1

noun
  1. a wide-mouthed container that is usually cylindrical, made of glass or earthenware, and without handles
  2. Also: jarful the contents or quantity contained in a jar
  3. British informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp beerto have a jar with someone
  4. obsolete a measure of electrical capacitance
Show More

Word Origin

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

jar2

verb jars, jarring or jarred
  1. to vibrate or cause to vibrate
  2. to make or cause to make a harsh discordant sound
  3. (often foll by on) to have a disturbing or painful effect (on the nerves, mind, etc)
  4. (intr) to disagree; clash
Show More
noun
  1. a jolt or shock
  2. a harsh discordant sound
Show More
Derived Formsjarring, adjectivejarringly, adverb

Word Origin

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

jar3

noun
  1. on a jar or on the jar (of a door) slightly open; ajar
Show More

Word Origin

C17 (in the sense: turn): from earlier char, from Old English cierran to turn; see ajar 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More

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].

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper