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ˈdʒoʊ nəJon·ah

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jonah(noun)

    (Old Testament) Jonah did not wish to become a prophet so God caused a great storm to throw him overboard from a ship; he was saved by being swallowed by a whale that vomited him out onto dry land

  2. jonah, jinx(noun)

    a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him

  3. Jonah, Book of Jonah(noun)

    a book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale


  1. Jonah(ProperNoun)

    A person who brings a ship bad luck.

    Etymology: From יונה ("dove").

  2. Jonah(ProperNoun)

    Any person or object which is deemed to cause bad luck; a jinx.

    Etymology: From יונה ("dove").

  3. Jonah(ProperNoun)

    A male given name from Hebrew.

    'It's Jonah,' Ted says.

    Etymology: From the Hebrew יוֹנָה‎ ( yonáh , " dove") .

  4. Jonah(ProperNoun)

    A minor prophet who was cast into the sea and swallowed by a whale.

    Etymology: From the Hebrew יוֹנָה‎ ( yonáh , " dove") .

  5. Jonah(ProperNoun)

    A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.

    Etymology: From the Hebrew יוֹנָה‎ ( yonáh , " dove") .

  6. Jonah(ProperNoun)

    The 10th sura of the Qur'an.

    Etymology: From the Hebrew יוֹנָה‎ ( yonáh , " dove") .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jonah(noun)

    the Hebrew prophet, who was cast overboard as one who endangered the ship; hence, any person whose presence is unpropitious


  1. Jonah

    Jonah is the name given in the Hebrew Bible to a prophet of the northern kingdom of Israel in about the 8th century BC, the eponymous central character in the Book of Jonah, famous for being swallowed by a fish or a whale, depending on translation. The Biblical story of Jonah is also repeated, with a few notable differences, in the Qur'an.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jonah

    jō′nä, n. an unlucky passenger on shipboard or elsewhere—from the prophet Jonah.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Jonah

    a Hebrew prophet, who, born in Gathhepher, belonged to the northern kingdom of Israel; prophesied in the reign of Jeroboam II., and whose special mission it was, at the bidding of the Lord, to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh; his book, which records his mission and the story of it, written apparently, as by God's dealings with the Ninevites he had himself been, to admonish the Jews that the heathen nations whom they regarded as God's enemies were as much the objects of His mercy as themselves.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jonah in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Jonah in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Jonah in a Sentence

  1. Spider-Man:

    J. Jonah Jameson Hoffman, run down to the patent office and market the name Green Goblin. I want a quarter every time someone says it.

  2. Eric Rush:

    You didn't tell Jonah Lomu to do anything, but if you asked Jonah Lomu, Jonah Lomu'd run through a brick wall for you, jonah Lomu feared no man but Jonah Lomu did fear one person and that was Jonah Lomu mum Hepi. When Jonah Lomu mum said things, Jonah Lomu acted.

  3. World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset:

    When I think of that amazing tournament in South Africa 20 years ago, I think of two people, off the field, I think of Nelson Mandela. On the field, I think of Jonah Lomu. Both men inspired millions around the world. Jonah Lomu will forever be a big part of rugby's story.

  4. John Mayhew:

    It was totally unexpected, jonah and his family arrived back from the United Kingdom last night and he suddenly died this morning.

  5. Raghad Hammoudi:

    An entire city with a glorious past and ancient history lost its heritage and culture: the tomb of the Prophet Jonah, the minaret of Al-Hadba which is older than Iraq itself. It is great that we were able to save a part of this heritage.

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