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 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 But after facing criticism from rivals at the first Georgia Republican Senate debate in April, including about his absence, Walker told north Georgia radio station WDUN-AM that his opponents were jealous. Sudhin Thanawala, ajc, 2 May 2022 Set so many league-best marks behind the unparalleled play of Patrick Mahomes and the brilliant coaching of Andy Reid that the rest of the NFL has ample reason to be jealous. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 30 Jan. 2022 Attorneys for actor Amber Heard spent much of last week trying to portray her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, as a jealous and drunken abuser who can only blame himself for his nose-diving Hollywood career. Matthew Barakat, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 The right people win: the ones who believe in themselves, who exaggerate what others might think is wrong, embrace it and don’t really care what other people say, but aren’t judgmental or jealous. Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 Two tipsters shed greater light into the Wilson-Strickland-Armstrong love triangle and the jealous streak that police say allegedly motivated the shooting. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Barkin said that Depp was controlling, jealous and angry. Ben Finley, ajc, 22 May 2022 Cody Rhodes admitted to being one of the jealous boys on the back during The Shield’s run. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 17 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 30 Jun. 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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