\ ˈjōv How to pronounce Jove (audio) \

Definition of Jove

by Jove or less commonly by jove
chiefly British, old-fashioned + sometimes humorous
used interjectionally to express surprise or to add emphasis By jove, Randal, how pleasant a thing is life in London!— Edward Bulwer-Lytton"By jove, Lily, you do look a stunner!"— Edith Wharton… I've made up my mind to one thing, and, by Jove, I'll stick to it.— Anthony TrollopeThey are not attractive … and nor are they particularly comfortable or cheap, but by Jove they work.— Bryony Gordon… a setting in which one fully expects to overhear such expletives as Egad! or By Jove! or Bully! …— Hudson Bridges

First Known Use of Jove

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Jove

Latin Jov-, Juppiter

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“Jove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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