Definition of Jehoshaphat in English:


(also Jehosaphat)

proper noun

  • 1A king of Judah in the mid 9th century BC.

    1. 1.1also jumping Jehoshaphatas exclamation A mild expletive.
      ‘Jehoshaphat! That would be ghastly’
      • ‘The closest Mom comes to swearing is saying "shoot," "darn," "Jiminey," or "Jumping Jehoshaphat."’
      • ‘Yeah, but its an old British saying/exclamation of surprise that the Third Doctor would use, usually "Jumping Jehoshaphat" would be the version used.’
      • ‘Yes, as a youngster I heard a few strange exclamations too from an elderly aunt, ones like ‘jumping Jehoshaphat’ and ‘karumba’ or something to that effect.’