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adverbIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
1Of a door, gate, or window: so as to be slightly or partially open; ajar.
2So as to be askew, awry, or crooked; in a confused or mixed-up state; astray.
adjectiveIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
1Of a door, gate, or window: slightly or partially open; ajar.
2Askew, awry, crooked; that is in a confused or mixed-up state.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in ‘Jacob Curate’ (fl. 1692–1708) (real name Gilbert Crokatt and John Monro). Either from a + jee (although the noun is first attested later), or from a- + jee. Perhaps compare earlier ajar.
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