One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative (of a door or other opening) slightly open.‘the home help had left the window ajar’‘the door to the sitting room was ajar’
slightly open, half open, agapeView synonyms
- ‘There was a window that was slightly ajar, to a room with an open door, where the two ARC men were holding a conversation.’
- ‘At the eleventh hour the door was left slightly ajar once more.’
- ‘He's got the door slightly ajar, just cracked enough to peek through.’
- ‘He could see a slit of light coming from the slightly ajar door.’
- ‘He found the door slightly ajar, and pushed it on open, clearing his throat to warn the occupant of his entering, but Greg found the room empty.’
- ‘She eased up to a door that was slightly ajar and peeked inside the room to view about six or seven men sitting at a round wooden table, discussing something.’
- ‘The door was ajar and swung open without resistance, and with Tabitha at home that did not happen.’
- ‘The one window was open and the door stood slightly ajar, yet she did not get the impression that the house was abandoned.’
- ‘Peering round the doorframe into the dull landing, he saw Hannah's door open, and the bathroom door slightly ajar.’
- ‘The door was slightly ajar, allowing her to slip in quietly.’
- ‘My hand grasped the knob and I turned it gently, pushing the door slightly ajar.’
- ‘Hurrying over to 818, she was not very surprised to find the door slightly ajar.’
- ‘Noticing Vincent's bedroom door was slightly ajar, Cael pushed it open further and looked in and grinned.’
- ‘Both girls started and turned towards the direction of the new voice - behind them and to the right, through a slightly ajar door.’
- ‘She opened the ajar door, saw an old television on a wheeled cart broadcasting a fire downtown.’
- ‘I was in a hospital and I saw that my door was open slightly ajar.’
- ‘Martin peers through an ajar door which opens into the lobby.’
- ‘This other world is dreamlike, dark and sensual; time stands eerily still, doors are slightly ajar with nothing but blackness behind them.’
- ‘They exited the room through the slightly ajar door, where they saw Xavier and Saulo using the phone, Xavier with tears in his eyes.’
- ‘Pressing a hand over his mouth, he stifled the wretch he could not keep down, pushing out a hand in front of him to wave the door which was already slightly ajar open.’
Late 17th century: from a- ‘on’ + obsolete char ( Old English cerr) ‘a turn, return’.
In a jarring state; unharmonious.
- ‘I wonder at my life, it seems ajar. Is it so bad to long for relationship? Will He grant me kindred heart fellowship?’
- ‘My temper was so thoroughly ajar.’
- ‘A woman prophesying in the midst of her own family doesnt fit; a woman prophesying out in the open marketplace seems ajar.’
- ‘We, as human beings, tend to dismiss something as soon as one small piece seems AJAR!!!’
- ‘What seems ajar is the loving family's refusal to acknowledge her boyfriend and her acceptance of this, albeit resentful.’
Mid 19th century: from a- ‘in, at’ + jar.
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