\ \ [16] Ajar comes from Scotland and Northern England. In Middle English times it was a char or on char, literally ‘on turn’ (char comes from an Old English word cerrturn’, which in its metaphorical sense ‘turn of work’ has given modern English charwoman and chore). A door or window that was in the act of turning was therefore neither completely shut nor completely open. The first spellings with j occur in the 18th century.

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  • Ajar — A*jar , adv. [OE. on char ajar, on the turn; AS. cerr, cyrr, turn, akin to G. kehren to turn, and to D. akerre. See {Char}.] Slightly turned or opened; as, the door was standing ajar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ajar — A*jar , adv. [Pref. a + jar.] In a state of discord; out of harmony; as, he is ajar with the world. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • ajar — Se conjuga como: amar Infinitivo: Gerundio: Participio: ajar ajando ajado     Indicativo   presente imperfecto pretérito futuro condicional yo tú él, ella, Ud. nosotros vosotros ellos, ellas, Uds. ajo ajas aja ajamos ajáis ajan ajaba ajabas ajaba …   Wordreference Spanish Conjugations Dictionary

  • ajar — ajar1 [ə jär′] adv., adj. [ME on char, a char < OE cier, a turn: see CHORE] slightly open [the door stood ajar] ajar2 [ə jär′] adv., adj. [ A 1 + JAR1] not in harmony …   English World dictionary

  • ajar — index open (unclosed), penetrable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ajar — àjār m <G ajára> DEFINICIJA reg. 1. mjera; stupanj čistoće zlata, karat 2. naravnanje ure; točno vrijeme na satu ETIMOLOGIJA tur. ← arap. ̔iyār …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • ajar — [adj/adv] slightly open open, unclosed, unlatched, unshut; concept 586 Ant. closed …   New thesaurus

  • ajar — verbo transitivo 1. Hacer (una cosa) más vieja [a una persona o una cosa]: El aire del mar ha ajado su rostro. El chal se ve algo ajado por el uso. verbo pronominal 1. Hacerse …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • ajar — ► ADVERB & ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a door or window) slightly open. ORIGIN from Old English, «a turn» …   English terms dictionary

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