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

Synonyms for jealous

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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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Not all year groups have so far received them, leaving the rest jealous, says Barry Quinn, the deputy head. The Economist, "Free iPads for Scottish pupils," 29 Aug. 2019 The conflict between Macron and Bolsonaro got personal when a user post on the Brazilian president's Facebook page compared the appearance of his wife with that of the French first lady, implying that Macron was jealous. Claudia Dominguez, CNN, "Brazil will reject $20 million of Amazon fire aid from G7," 27 Aug. 2019 The Brazilian leader's demand for an apology follows Macron lashing out after a Bolsonaro supporter mocked Macron's wife, Brigitte, in a Facebook post, comparing her to Bolsonaro's wife, Michelle, and suggesting Macron was jealous. NBC News, "Brazilian president demands apology before accepting $20M to help fight Amazon fires," 27 Aug. 2019 Jane and Peter were once close but now there is something unspoken between them because Peter is jealous of his sister’s talents and abilities. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Good reads, good-bye dwindling summer — Ellen Hart’s latest Jane Lawless mystery and a moving memoir," 25 Aug. 2019 To go on destruction sprees that would make the Hulk jealous, of course! Wired, "Loot Boxes Should Be Regulated as Gambling, Parliament Says," 13 Sep. 2019 The suspect became jealous of their relationship and confronted them both at the first victim’s residence in the 1000 block of West Hamilton Avenue. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of Sept. 6," 29 Aug. 2019 Narcissists may be extremely jealous and ultra-sensitive. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Narcissist? 8 Key Traits of Narcissism Everyone Should Know," 14 Aug. 2019 One of the partners was always jealous and angry and hurt and confused. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Leonard Cohen, the Male Feminist Who Mistreated Women," 5 July 2019

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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

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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