Definition of jarring in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɑːrɪŋ/


1Incongruous in a striking or shocking way; clashing: the telephone struck a jarring note in those Renaissance surroundings
More example sentences
  • A very fine soundtrack shifts from a winsome romanticism in the early moments to the jarring untuned piano notes in the latter fraught stages.
  • More serious is the way the last half-hour seems to lose pace, then comes to a sudden, jarring halt.
  • His outburst blaming the vandals on the estate for frightening his wife to death, was a jarring moment of realism.
2Causing a physical shock, jolt, or vibration: the van came to a jarring halt
More example sentences
  • Runners rarely need pure rest on their days off, just a break from the jarring effects of running.
  • He's a big hirer, capable of delivering jarring tackles.
  • Every step I took was having a jarring effect on my shoulders.



Example sentences
  • Atkinson's portrayal of two fortysomethings, their disappointments and their soured relationship with their mother is teeth - jarringly accurate, but her courage doesn't stop there.
  • The argument that a single company is better positioned than the market to make efficient use of an idea should strike us as jarringly counterintuitive in a market economy.
  • The tone was jarringly dissonant from the sunny message Kerry and Edwards have emphasized on their first few days together on the campaign trail.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.