- 1[transitive, intransitive] to give or receive a sudden sharp painful knock jar something The jolt seemed to jar every bone in her body. jar (something) (on something) The spade jarred on something metal.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] jar (on something) | jar (something) to have an unpleasant or annoying effect synonym grate His constant moaning was beginning to jar on her nerves. There was a jarring note of triumph in his voice.
- 3[intransitive] jar (with something) to be different from something in a strange or unpleasant way synonym clash Her brown shoes jarred with the rest of the outfit. The only jarring note was the cheap modern furniture. Word Originverb late 15th cent. (as a noun in the sense ‘disagreement, dispute’): probably imitative.Extra examples Her laugh was beginning to jar on me. The dirty old building jarred with the luxury hotels. The noise started to jar on my nerves. He jarred his knee in training yesterday.
BrE BrE//dʒɑː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//dʒɑːr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they jar
BrE BrE//dʒɑː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//dʒɑːr//he / she / it jars
BrE BrE//dʒɑːz//; NAmE NAmE//dʒɑːrz//past simple jarred
BrE BrE//dʒɑːd//; NAmE NAmE//dʒɑːrd//past participle jarred
BrE BrE//dʒɑːd//; NAmE NAmE//dʒɑːrd//-ing form jarring
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɑːrɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːrɪŋ//