[ joh-nuh ]
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  1. a Minor Prophet who, for his impiety, was thrown overboard from his ship and swallowed by a large fish, remaining in its belly for three days before being cast up onto the shore unharmed.

  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.

  1. any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.

  2. Also Jo·nas [joh-nuhs]. /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”

Other words from Jonah

  • Jo·nah·esque, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Jonah in a sentence

  • Jonas is swallowed up by a great fish: he prayeth with confidence in God; and the fish casteth him out on the dry land.

  • And Jonas began to enter into the city one day's journey: and he cried and said: Yet forty days and Ninive shall be destroyed.

  • Jonas: La baleine fut la fin oblige de le vomir tant un Prophte est un morceau difficile digrer.

    Baron d'Holbach | Max Pearson Cushing
  • After the discipline a candidate for admission was presented, a stout young man, named Jonas.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • I knew the nature of Sir Jonas very well, and saw that flight would mean disaster long before she could reach any place of safety.

    The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for Jonah


Jonas (ˈdʒəʊnəs)

/ (ˈdʒəʊnə) /

  1. Old Testament

    • a Hebrew prophet who, having been thrown overboard from a ship in which he was fleeing from God, was swallowed by a great fish and vomited onto dry land

    • the book in which his adventures are recounted

  2. a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx

Derived forms of Jonah

  • Jonahesque, adjective

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