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 Ellisb : 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
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 of jealous from the Web
The third season picks up where the second left off, with Paul now in police custody, but having been shot by the jealous and violent husband of one of his clients.
At one point, Taylor even got a tad bit jealous of her model friend and revealed that her cat never does that with her.
Just thinking about splitting the economic pie can make people more jealous about keeping slices out of the hands of other groups.
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Irving, who isn't allowed at Auschwitz and may have been jealous of an amateur's access, sat at the open-air downstairs restaurant in front of a Caesar salad.
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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.”
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
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