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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Since his ex-girlfriend Charli D'Amelio is now dating Landon Barker, social media is being flooded with theories that Chase may be jealous and written these lyrics to get back at her. Seventeen, 29 July 2022 Many suggested that Colin Meloy, the frontman of the Decemberists, might feel a little jealous — as his band created sea shanty-adjacent folk-rock tunes for years. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021 According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, Woodward was jealous of Houts and had developed romantic feelings for his roommate. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 Investigators said Woodward had developed feelings for his roommate, Houts' boyfriend, and was jealous of their relationship. Stella Chan, CNN, 12 July 2022 But Someone Else might be jealous of another person’s putting. The Enquirer, 7 July 2022 Investigators believe Armstrong may have been jealous of Wilson, 25, because the cyclist had previously been in a relationship with Armstrong's boyfriend, court documents show. Elizabeth Wolfe And Hannah Sarisohn, CNN, 24 May 2022 The woman told police Segobia was jealous of her new relationship. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 23 May 2022 Yet by the time the school dance rolls around, the love triangle is once again thrumming at full speed: Ben has moved on to Aneesa (Megan Suri), Devi is jealous, and Paxton realizes how much Devi has done for him. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 10 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jealous. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for jealous

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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