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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Recent Examples on the Web Some people will be jealous or try to denigrate you. Angela Chan, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Everyone who's stuck at home—or better yet, not invited—will be ridiculously jealous. Ew Staff, EW.com, 21 May 2021 Mandy is jealous after Mike spends more time with Ryan at a retreat, and Ed tries to get Chuck and Joe to attend a musical. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Last Man Standing Mandy (Molly McCook) feels jealous after Mike (Tim Allen) spends time with Ryan (Jordan Masterson) during a marketing retreat. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 The moisture in an onion will produce pillows of white smoke that will make everybody in the neighborhood jealous, and that smell makes its way into the finished meats. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 When Asclepius became murderously jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon by turning him into a peony flower. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2021 Also, the person has to be someone who’s very secure and not jealous, because jealousy starts to cause complications emotionally. Yesha Callahan, Glamour, 3 May 2021 Responding to a question about Biden's speech, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said the US was merely feeling insecure and jealous about China's development. James Griffiths, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of jealous was in the 13th century

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“Jealous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jealous. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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