em·​u·​lous | \ ˈem-yə-ləs How to pronounce emulous (audio) \

Definition of emulous

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

Other Words from emulous

emulously adverb
emulousness noun

First Known Use of emulous

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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 image entry 1, imitate.

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“Emulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulous. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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