Definition of jealous
1 : hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage : envious His success made his old friends jealous. They were jealous of his success.
2a : intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness jealous of the slightest interference in household management — Havelock Ellisb : disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness a jealous husband
3 : vigilant in guarding a possession new colonies were jealous of their new independence — Scott Buchanan
Examples of jealous in a Sentence
His success has made some of his old friends jealous.
She became very jealous whenever he talked to other women.
He was in a jealous rage.
Recent Examples of jealous from the Web
But to hear the Jealous campaign tell it, Sanders has only become more beloved, and, more influential, in Maryland since his 2016 defeat.
At 29 years old, Lesley Murphy was making a living traveling the world, writing about it on her blog The Road Les Traveled, and making her hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers jealous.
Jealous classmates bullied and taunted Christopher, who responded by taking boxing lessons to learn how to defend himself.
Getty Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just keeps making us jealous.
The Indians had more seniors on the roster – seven – than in the stands, and Fratianne distinctly recalls being a little jealous of the fan support received by CCD’s opponents.
The story claimed the players who play on the defensive unit were jealous of the offense getting most of the attention, while the performance of the defense is the primary reason for the Seahawks sustained success during recent seasons.
When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged.
The Paris decision is seen as a victory, and a return to White House influence, for chief strategist Steve Bannon, who had been in Trump’s doghouse for the last few weeks because the president was jealous of his rising fame.
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zealous vs. jealous
Zealous and jealous share not just a rhyme, but an etymology. Both words ultimately come from the Latin zelus “jealousy,” and in the past their meanings were somewhat closer to each other than they are today. In the 16th and 17th centuries, zealous occasionally was used in biblical writing to refer to a quality of apprehensiveness or jealousy of another. By the 18th century, however, it had completely diverged in meaning from jealous, signifying “warmly engaged or ardent on behalf of someone or something.” Today, zealous often carries a connotation of excessive feeling: it typically means “fiercely partisan” or “uncompromisingly enthusiastic.”
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