Jove

[ johv ]
/ dʒoʊv /
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noun

Archaic. the planet Jupiter.

Idioms

    by Jove! (an exclamation used to emphasize an accompanying remark or to express surprise, approval, etc.): It was a good fight, by Jove!

Origin of Jove

1325–75; Middle English < Latin Jov- (oblique stem of compound nominative Juppiter father Jove), akin. to deus god; cognate with Greek Zeús (genitive Diós) Zeus
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British Dictionary definitions for by jove

Jove

/ (dʒəʊv) /

noun

another name for Jupiter 1
by Jove an exclamation of surprise or excitement

Word Origin for Jove

C14: from Old Latin Jovis Jupiter
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Idioms and Phrases with by jove

by Jove

Also, by cracky. Used to express surprise or emphasis. For example, By Jove, I was glad to see her, or It was a great day, by cracky. These mild oaths are euphemisms, the first for “by Jesus” or “by God” (Jove is another name for Jupiter, the principal Roman god), and the folksy variant by cracky for “by Christ.” Both idioms may be dying out.


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