verb (used without object), jarred, jar·ring.
- 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.
verb (used with object), jarred, jar·ring.
- 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.
- 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
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
- on a jar or on the jar (of a door) slightly open; ajar
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. 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].