[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 cerr ‘turn’, 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. => CHAR, CHARWOMAN

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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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

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

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