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jealous

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adjective jeal·ous \ˈje-ləs\

Definition of jealous

  1. 1 a :  intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness b :  disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness

  2. 2 :  hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage

  3. 3 :  vigilant in guarding a possession <new colonies were jealous of their new independence — Scott Buchanan>

jealously

adverb

jealousness

noun


Examples of jealous in a sentence

  1. His success has made some of his old friends jealous.

  2. She became very jealous whenever he talked to other women.

  3. He was in a jealous rage.



Origin and Etymology of jealous

Middle English jelous, from Anglo-French gelus, from Vulgar Latin *zelosus, from Late Latin zelus zeal — more at zeal


First Known Use: 13th century


JEALOUS Defined for Kids

jealous

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adjective jeal·ous \ˈje-ləs\

Definition of jealous for Students

  1. 1 :  feeling anger because of the belief that a loved one might be unfaithful <a jealous husband>

  2. 2 :  feeling a mean anger toward someone because he or she is more successful

  3. 3 :  careful 1, watchful <We are jealous of our rights.>

jealously

adverb




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