• WordNet 3.6
    • n Jonah a book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale
    • n jonah a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him
    • n Jonah (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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jonah The Hebrew prophet, who was cast overboard as one who endangered the ship; hence, any person whose presence is unpropitious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Jonah A person on shipboard regarded as the cause of ill luck; any one whose presence is supposed or alleged to cause misfortune.
    • n Jonah In games of chance, a player who can never win anything; a very unlucky person.
    • Jonah To play the part of a Jonah to; spoil the luck of; bring ill luck to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jonah jō′nä an unlucky passenger on shipboard or elsewhere—from the prophet Jonah.
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In literature:

Jonah and the whale, 517.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
He will be gobbled up like Jonah by the whale.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
That's the way things go in Jonah's junk-shop.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
They would not let us see what they filled the "Jonahs" with, but we knew that it was a fearful load.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
At last an angel prays repeatedly, and in answer Jonah is sent to preach repentance.
"The Critics Versus Shakspere" by Francis A. Smith
Experiences of this kind are not new to me, and I'm a Jonah, as I warned you.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
Where is there a prophecy of Jonah concerning Israel, not recorded in the Bible, alluded to in the history of the kings?
"Little Folks (July 1884)" by Various
Well, once upon a time there was a man named Jonah.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
To the Ninevites Jonah announces destruction within forty days, and they repent and are saved.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Like Jonah's gourd, the city almost grew up in a night.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols

In poetry:

I am as sad as Jacob,
As lonely as Jonah,
As patient as Job,
As unfortunate as Adam.
"Her Nails" by Edward Powys Mathers
And were it not for superstition,
We'd claim some Jonah somewhere stored;
And yet 'tis true our sad condition
Changed not till one leaped over board.
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell
LIKE Daniel, when among the lions cast,
Like Jonah, in the whale imprison'd fast,
I lifted to the Lord my voice on high,
And, from above, he quickly heard my cry.
"Another Shorter Poem, On The Same Subject" by Rees Prichard
"Go down to Nineveh!" said God to Jonah.
"Tell the people there to stop their wickedness."
"But I don't want to go to Nineveh today,"
Said Jonah. "I want to go this other way."
"The Adventures of Jonah" by Doris Clore Demaree
Bless'd with the sudden calm, the sailors own
That wretched Jonah worship'd right alone,
Then make their vows, the victim sheep prepare,
Bemoan the prophet, and the God revere.
"Jonah" by Thomas Parnell
But he left us at the last, when the seas and skies were blue,
In his bunk at break of day, as a common man might do:
And we'd weather fair as fair could be, but still we all were fain
To have our poor old Jonah and the bad luck back again.
"The Jonah" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

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CNN anchor Don Lemon in Twitter spat with Jonah Hill.
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Jonah Hill, CNN anchor in Twitter war over perceived slight.
Jonah Hill's twitter spat with CNN anchor.
Jonah Hill has become involved in a twitter war with a TV anchor who claimed he snubbed him.
Jonah Hill, CNN's Don Lemon Get Nasty in Late-Night Feud.
CNN's Don Lemon: Jonah Hill "Was a Tool" for Ignoring Me in Hotel Lobby.
Jonah Hill and Don Lemon Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.
CNN's Don Lemon in Twitter war with 'tool' Jonah Hill.