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.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.
Also Jo·nas [joh-nuhs]. /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”
- Jo·nah·esque, adjective
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How to use Jonah in a sentence
Now Nick Jonas, freshly 22 years old and leaving his days as a mommy-approved Jonas Brothers crooner behind, is following suit.
“[She] said that at one point I was too heavy, that I was crushing her,” Jonas says.
Following in those shrewd, shirtless footsteps, perhaps one day Jonas will be peed on by Nicole Kidman, too.
All that, and, Jonas tells me, “overall I thought it was just really badass.”
The Giver, in a pivotal moment, tells Jonas that releasing is actually a form of euthanizing.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans | Kevin Fallon | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jonas is swallowed up by a great fish: he prayeth with confidence in God; and the fish casteth him out on the dry land.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
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.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
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
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
a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx
- Jonahesque, adjective
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