- The definition of ajar refers to something that is slightly opened.
Leaving a shoe in the doorway so that is will not shut is an example of a door being ajar.
This door is ajar.
Origin of ajarMiddle English on char, a-char ; from Old English cier, a turn: see chore
Origin of ajara- + jar
Origin of ajarMiddle English on char : on, in; see on + char, turn (from Old English cierr).
- Slightly turned or opened.
- The door was standing ajar.
- Being at variance or in contradiction to something.
(comparative more ajar, superlative most ajar)
(third-person singular simple present ajars, present participle ajarring, simple past and past participle ajarred)
- (rare, perhaps nonstandard) To turn or open slightly; to become ajar or to cause to become ajar; to be or to hang ajar.
- (rare, perhaps nonstandard) To show variance or contradiction with something; to be or cause to be askew.