jealous

adjective
jeal·​ous | \ ˈje-ləs \

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

Synonyms for jealous

Synonyms

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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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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 Alex allegedly got jealous of Dianna's relationship with Sebastian Stan, accusing her of cheating, and the couple soon split. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018 Their relationship starts to morph once Laura becomes engaged and Amelia gets jealous. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "9 great movies that explain cinema’s fascination with New York women," 13 July 2018 As William Manchester makes clear in his biography, MacArthur was a leader given to considerable pettiness, often jealous of his subordinates. James M. Scott, WSJ, "Five Best: James M. Scott," 8 Nov. 2018 Things seem decidedly smooth until the jealous Yuri Gaga... err Leftkin in the film... lands on this fantastical planet. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets," 14 Oct. 2018 The comforter could probably make clouds jealous with its soft touch. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "I Used to Wake Up Sweating In the Middle of The Night — This Blanket Changed That," 27 Aug. 2018

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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 \

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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