ajar

1. adverb /əˈʤɑː,əˈʤɑɹ/
a) Slightly turned or opened; as, the door was standing ajar.

There is a sort of unexpressed concern, / A kind of shock that sets ones heart ajar [...].

b) Being at variance or in contradiction to something.
2. adjective /əˈʤɑː,əˈʤɑɹ/
Slightly turned or opened; as, the door is ajar (adjective usage).

When is a door not a door? When it is ajar.

3. verb /əˈʤɑː,əˈʤɑɹ/
a) To turn or open slightly; to become ajar or to cause to become ajar; to be or to hang ajar.

A plainclothes detective knocked on a slightly ajarred door.

b) To show variance or contradiction with something; to be or cause to be askew.

Yes, and the door also lops off stairs leading to a landing on whose landing is another door on whose hinges much of this story ajars, if it hasnt jarred too much already.


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  • Ajar — A*jar , adv. [OE. on char ajar, on the turn; AS. cerr, cyrr, turn, akin to G. kehren to turn, and to D. akerre. See {Char}.] Slightly turned or opened; as, the door was standing ajar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ajar — A*jar , adv. [Pref. a + jar.] In a state of discord; out of harmony; as, he is ajar with the world. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ajar — may refer to:*Ajar, Afghanistan *Adjara, Autonomous region of Georgia …   Wikipedia

  • ajar — Se conjuga como: amar Infinitivo: Gerundio: Participio: ajar ajando ajado     Indicativo   presente imperfecto pretérito futuro condicional yo tú él, ella, Ud. nosotros vosotros ellos, ellas, Uds. ajo ajas aja ajamos ajáis ajan ajaba ajabas ajaba …   Wordreference Spanish Conjugations Dictionary

  • ajar — ajar1 [ə jär′] adv., adj. [ME on char, a char < OE cier, a turn: see CHORE] slightly open [the door stood ajar] ajar2 [ə jär′] adv., adj. [ A 1 + JAR1] not in harmony …   English World dictionary

  • ajar — index open (unclosed), penetrable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ajar — 1718, perhaps from Scottish dialectal a char slightly open, earlier on char (early 16c.), from Middle English char, from Old English cier a turn …   Etymology dictionary

  • ajar — àjār m <G ajára> DEFINICIJA reg. 1. mjera; stupanj čistoće zlata, karat 2. naravnanje ure; točno vrijeme na satu ETIMOLOGIJA tur. ← arap. ̔iyār …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • ajar — [adj/adv] slightly open open, unclosed, unlatched, unshut; concept 586 Ant. closed …   New thesaurus

  • ajar — verbo transitivo 1. Hacer (una cosa) más vieja [a una persona o una cosa]: El aire del mar ha ajado su rostro. El chal se ve algo ajado por el uso. verbo pronominal 1. Hacerse …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • ajar — ► ADVERB & ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a door or window) slightly open. ORIGIN from Old English, «a turn» …   English terms dictionary

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