emulous

adjective

em·​u·​lous ˈem-yə-ləs How to pronounce emulous (audio)
1
a
: inspired by or deriving from a desire to emulate
b
: ambitious or eager to emulate
2
obsolete : jealous
emulously adverb
emulousness noun

Word History

Etymology

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.

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of emulous was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Emulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulous. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

emulous

adjective
em·​u·​lous ˈem-yə-ləs How to pronounce emulous (audio)
: eager or ambitious to emulate someone or something
emulously adverb
emulousness noun
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