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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>

jeal·ous·ly adverb
jeal·ous·ness noun


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



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