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1 a vessel (usually cylindrical) with a wide mouth and without handles
2 the quantity contained in a jar; "he drank a jar of beer" [syn: jarful]
3 a sudden impact; "the door closed with a jolt" [syn: jolt, jounce]


1 be incompatible; be or come into conflict; "These colors clash" [syn: clash, collide]
2 move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion [syn: jolt]
3 shock physically; "Georgia was shaken up in the Tech game" [syn: shake up, bump around]
4 affect in a disagreeable way; "This play jarred the audience"
5 place in a cylindrical vessel; "jar the jam" [also: jarring, jarred]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From jarre, from (jarrah) ‘earthern receptacle’.


  1. A small, approximately cylindrical container for food, normally made of glass or clay.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Unknown; perhaps imitative.


  1. To knock or strike sharply.
    He hit it with a hammer, hoping he could jar it loose.
  2. to shock or surprise.
    I think the accident jarred him, as he hasn't gotten back in a car since.


  1. A shake.
  2. A sense of alarm or dismay.
  • (knock sharply): jolt
Derived terms

Old High German


Common Germanic *jaeram, whence also Old English ġēar, Old Norse ár





  1. spring i season

Alternative spellings



Extensive Definition

A jar is small, approximately cylindrical container for food, made of glass or clay, and also plastic as in the case of a "jar" of peanut butter.Jar or JAR can also mean:
jar in German: JAR
jar in Icelandic: JAR
jar in Italian: JAR
jar in Dutch: Jar
jar in Slovak: Jar (rozlišovacia stránka)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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