[ jahr-ing ]
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  1. 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.

  2. (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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

Origin of jarring

First recorded in 1550–60; jar2 + -ing2 for the adjective senses; jar2 + -ing1 for the noun senses

Other words from jarring

  • jar·ring·ly, adverb
  • un·jar·ring, adjective

Words Nearby jarring

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