Dictionary

jealous

adjective jeal·ous \ˈje-ləs\

Definition of JEALOUS

1
a :  intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness
b :  disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness
2
:  hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage
3
:  vigilant in guarding a possession <new colonies were jealous of their new independence — Scott Buchanan>
jeal·ous·ly adverb
jeal·ous·ness noun
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of JEALOUS

  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 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

Rhymes with JEALOUS

JEALOUSLY Defined for Kids

jealous

adjective jeal·ous \ˈje-ləs\

Definition of JEALOUS for Kids

1
:  feeling anger because of the belief that a loved one might be unfaithful <a jealous husband>
2
:  feeling a mean anger toward someone because he or she is more successful
3
:  careful 1, watchful <We are jealous of our rights.>
jeal·ous·ly adverb

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: jealousePrevious Word in the Dictionary: JEAAll Words Near: jealous
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears