Definition of Jonah

1. 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.

Category relationships: Old Testament
Generic synonyms: Prophet



2. Noun. A person believed to bring bad luck to those around him.
Exact synonyms: Jinx
Generic synonyms: Unfortunate, Unfortunate Person
Derivative terms: Jinx

3. Noun. A book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale.
Exact synonyms: Book Of Jonah
Generic synonyms: Book
Group relationships: Old Testament, Nebiim, Prophets

Definition of Jonah

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

Definition of Jonah

1. Proper noun. (Hebrew male given name). ¹

2. Proper noun. (biblical) A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh. ¹

3. Proper noun. (nautical slang) A person who brings a ship bad luck. ¹

4. Proper noun. (slang by extension of the nautical sense) Any person or object which is deemed to cause bad luck; a jinx. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Jonah

1. The Hebrew prophet, who was cast overboard as one who endangered the ship; hence, any person whose presence is unpropitious. Jonah crab, a large crab (Cancer borealis) of the eastern coast of the United States, sometimes found between tides, but usually in deep water. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Jonah

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1. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1825)
"It is very probable, that, when jonah promised the restoring and enlarging of ... jonah, declining the commission, was cast into the sea from the vessel in ..."

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