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
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.
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.
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.
The jealous co-stars, frustrated crew and conniving producers are all suspects!
Only these kids threw their homework, English papers and other schoolwork away, down a school stairwell, creating a blizzard of paper that left people on Twitter very jealous.
Jealous lives in Pasadena, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County.
Opening statements are set for Wednesday morning in the retrial of Donna Horwitz, a South Florida woman accused of killing her ex-husband in a jealous rage.
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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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