jealous

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adjective jeal·ous \ˈje-ləs\

Definition of jealous

  1. 1 a :  intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness b :  disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness

  2. 2 :  hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage

  3. 3 :  vigilant in guarding a possession <new colonies were jealous of their new independence — Scott Buchanan>

jealously

adverb

jealousness

noun

Examples of jealous in a sentence

  1. His success has made some of his old friends jealous.

  2. She became very jealous whenever he talked to other women.

  3. He was in a jealous rage.

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.”

Origin and Etymology of jealous

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


First Known Use: 13th century


JEALOUS Defined for Kids

jealous

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adjective jeal·ous \ˈje-ləs\

Definition of jealous for Students

  1. 1 :  feeling anger because of the belief that a loved one might be unfaithful <a jealous husband>

  2. 2 :  feeling a mean anger toward someone because he or she is more successful

  3. 3 :  careful 1, watchful <We are jealous of our rights.>

jealously

adverb


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