- The definition of jealous is disliking when someone wants something you have.
An example of jealous is a husband who dislikes other men looking at his wife.
- The definition of jealous is guarding something that is yours.
An example of jealous is having asked your boss to not call you at home after work.
One girl is jealous of another girls lunch.
jealous definition by Webster's New World
- very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping: jealous of one's rights
- resentfully suspicious of a rival or a rival's influence: a husband jealous of other men
- resentfully envious
- resulting from such feelings: a jealous rage
- Now Rare requiring exclusive loyalty: the Lord is a jealous God
Origin: Middle English jelous ; from Old French gelos ; from Midieval Latin zelosus: see zeal
jealous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Fearful or wary of being supplanted; apprehensive of losing affection or position.
- a. Resentful or bitter in rivalry; envious: jealous of the success of others.b. Inclined to suspect rivalry.
- Having to do with or arising from feelings of envy, apprehension, or bitterness: jealous thoughts.
- Vigilant in guarding something: We are jealous of our good name.
- Intolerant of disloyalty or infidelity; autocratic: a jealous God.
Origin: Middle English jelous, from Old French gelos, jealous, zealous, from Vulgar Latin *zēlōsus, from Late Latin zēlus, zeal; see zeal.
- jealˈous·ly adverb
- jealˈous·ness noun