emulous

adjective em·u·lous \ ˈem-yə-ləs \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of emulous

1 a : inspired by or deriving from a desire to emulate
b : ambitious or eager to emulate
2 obsolete : jealous

emulously

adverb

emulousness

noun

Origin and Etymology of emulous

borrowed from Latin aemulus "striving to equal or surpass, rivaling, envious," (as noun) "rival, competitor," of uncertain origin
Note: The adjective/noun aemulus appears to be formed from an otherwise unattested verbal base aem- and the suffix -ulus, denoting inclination or repetitive action (cf. crēdulus credulous, garrulus garrulous). Alternatively the formation has been taken as a diminutive of a noun base *aim-o- going back to a putative Indo-European *h2eim-o- "imitation," though the evidence for such a root outside Latin is exiguous, consisting solely of Hittite hima-, himma- "substitute, replica, toy." See also 1image, imitate.


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