- 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 jarring
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
September 30, 2014
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
September 17, 2014
The absence of the Twin Towers in the skyline was jarring, as was the sight of tanks and humvees posted along Park Row.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
He also noted how “jarring” it was to see Malia, his daughter in high heels for the first time when she went to that first prom.‘Michelle Will Not Run For Office’: Obama's Daytime TV Confessional
May 30, 2014
If a series is telling a story that matters to us, the loss of a main character can be jarring but generative.Life After TV Death: How Shows Like ‘Game of Thrones’ Kill Your Favorite Characters
April 15, 2014
Then there was a jarring impact that made his arm numb to the shoulder.Way of the Lawless
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.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
The truck came to a jarring stop as the driver jammed on the brakes.The Coyote
Their share is confined to swinging the axe and gripping the jarring drill.The Greater Power
- 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 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].