jealous

adjective
jeal·​ous | \ ˈje-ləs How to pronounce jealous (audio) \

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 Ellis
b : 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

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Other Words from jealous

jealously adverb
jealousness noun

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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.”

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.
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He's muscled with a six-pack that would make even Nick Scratch jealous, has beautiful brown locks of hair, and trots around town wearing nothing but a loincloth, showing off his blasphemous backside and eventually making his way to Dorian Gray's. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 10 Apr. 2019 That kind of gushing then led Michael Strahan to imply Blake might be jealous. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds's Instagram Trolling: A History," 4 Oct. 2018 Racist, bullying and jealous of Dufraisne's attention. Jeremy Henderson, AL.com, "7 MORE really random Auburn references in pop culture," 6 Dec. 2017 Getty Images In spring of 2018, reports surfaced that Ronaldo regretted the split, was still in love with Shayk, and was jealous of her relationship with Cooper. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Irina Shayk? Everything You Need to Know About Bradley Cooper's Long-Time Girlfriend," 24 Feb. 2019 It’s anchored by that signature bass supremacy that every owner of Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, Grado, or Audio-Technica headphones is at least a little bit jealous of. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audeze LCD2 Classic review: these cans will turn you into an audiophile," 3 Aug. 2018 Jessica was an overly friendly, slightly nervous girl who liked Bella, but was also jealous of the attention shegot from guys, specifically Jessica's crush, Mike Newton. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Anna Kendrick Forgot She Was in "Twilight"," 26 Nov. 2018 Very jealous of Fox News always and yet, Senator Cruz has just gave a CNN reporter a 15-minute on camera interview that CNN had not just aired. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: CNN's bombshell report is just a bomb," 29 Aug. 2018 In the original story, the real villains are Belle's evil sisters—who are extremely jealous of her beauty and approach to life. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Real Story Behind 'Beauty and the Beast' Is Nothing Like the Movie You Love," 30 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of jealous

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for jealous

Middle English jelous, from Anglo-French gelus, from Vulgar Latin *zelosus, from Late Latin zelus zeal — more at zeal

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jealous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of jealous

: feeling or showing an unhappy or angry desire to have what someone else has
: feeling or showing unhappiness or anger because you think that someone you love (such as your husband or wife) likes or is liked by someone else
somewhat formal : very concerned about protecting or keeping something

jealous

adjective
jeal·​ous | \ ˈje-ləs How to pronounce jealous (audio) \

Kids Definition of jealous

1 : feeling anger because of the belief that a loved one might be unfaithful a jealous husband
2 : feeling a mean anger toward someone because he or she is more successful
3 : careful sense 1, watchful We are jealous of our rights.

Other Words from jealous

jealously adverb

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