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ajar1

[uh-jahr] /əˈdʒɑr/
adjective, adverb
1.
neither entirely open nor entirely shut; partly open:
The door was ajar.
Origin of ajar1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English on char on the turn; see a-1, char3

ajar2

[uh-jahr] /əˈdʒɑr/
adverb, adjective
1.
in contradiction to; at variance with:
a story ajar with the facts.
Origin
1545-55; for at jar at discord; cf. jar3 (noun)
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ajar1

/əˈdʒɑː/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
(esp of a door or window) slightly open
Word Origin
C18: altered form of obsolete on char, literally: on the turn; char, from Old English cierran to turn

ajar2

/əˈdʒɑː/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) not in harmony
Word Origin
C19: altered form of at jar at discord. See jar²
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Word Origin and History for 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."

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