ajar


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a·jar

 (ə-jär′)
adv. & adj.
Partially opened: left the door ajar.

[Middle English on char : on, in; see on + char, turn (from Old English cierr).]

ajar

(əˈdʒɑː)
adj, adv (postpositive)
(esp of a door or window) slightly open
[C18: altered form of obsolete on char, literally: on the turn; char, from Old English cierran to turn]

ajar

(əˈdʒɑː)
adj
(postpositive) not in harmony
[C19: altered form of at jar at discord. See jar2]

a•jar1

(əˈdʒɑr)

adj., adv.
neither entirely open nor entirely shut; partly open.
[1350–1400; Middle English on char on the turn; see a-1, char3]

a•jar2

(əˈdʒɑr)

adv., adj.
in contradiction to; at variance with: a story ajar with the facts.
[1545–55; for at jar at discord; compare jar3 (n.)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ajar - slightly openajar - slightly open; "the door was ajar"  
open, unfastened - affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed; "an open door"; "they left the door open"

ajar

adjective open, gaping, agape, partly open, unclosed He left the door ajar in case I needed him.
Translations
مَفْتُوح جُزْئِيَّاً
pootevřený
opinn til hálfs/í hálfa gátt
praviras
pusvirus
pootvorený

ajar

[əˈdʒɑːʳ] ADVentreabierto
to leave the door ajardejar entreabierta la puerta, no cerrar completamente la puerta, entrecerrar la puerta (Mex)

ajar

[əˈdʒɑːr] adj [door] → entrouvert(e)
She went out, leaving the door ajar → Elle est sortie en laissant la porte entrouverte.

ajar

adj advangelehnt

ajar

[əˈdʒɑːʳ] adv & adjsocchiuso/a

ajar

(əˈdʒaː) adjective
partly open. The door was ajar when I returned.
References in classic literature ?
Edna had discovered it accidentally one day when the high-board gate stood ajar.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
Stubb was struck by a shower of outcries and anathemas proceeding from the Captain's round-house abaft; and looking in that direction saw a fiery face thrust from behind the door, which was held ajar from within.
He used to go with his father into the harness-room, where the corn was kept, and I could see them, when the door stood ajar, fill a little bag with oats out of the bin, and then he used to be off.
Tom, whose great heavy mouth had stood ajar during this communication, now suddenly snapped it together, as a big dog closes on a piece of meat, and seemed to be digesting the idea at his leisure.
She continually forgot and started up the front stairs because it was the shortest route to her bedroom; she left the dipper on the kitchen shelf instead of hanging it up over the pail; she sat in the chair the cat liked best; she was willing to go on errands, but often forgot what she was sent for; she left the screen doors ajar, so that flies came in; her tongue was ever in motion; she sang or whistled when she was picking up chips; she was always messing with flowers, putting them in vases, pinning them on her dress, and sticking them in her hat; finally she was an everlasting reminder of her foolish, worthless father, whose handsome face and engaging manner had so deceived Aurelia, and perhaps, if the facts were known, others besides Aurelia.
She was obliged to leave the door ajar as she found it; but she fully intended that Mr.
I reached this book, and a pot of ink from a shelf, and pushed the house-door ajar to give me light, and I have got the time on with writing for twenty minutes; but my companion is impatient, and proposes that we should appropriate the dairywoman's cloak, and have a scamper on the moors, under its shelter.
The door of her room was ajar and the sound came down the corridor, a far-off faint sound of fretful crying.
She went in, and pushed the door to -- but so gently that she still left it ajar.
He was in no uneasiness concerning his getting into the house again, for it was full of lodgers, and the door stood ajar all night.
Pumblechook, testily, "that when I have been there, I have been took up to the outside of her door, and the door has stood ajar, and she has spoke to me that way.