Jealous Definition

Envious or resentful of the good fortune or achievements of another.
I felt jealous when my coworker got a promotion.
American Heritage Medicine
Resentfully suspicious of a rival or a rival's influence.
A husband jealous of other men.
Webster's New World
Fearful or wary of losing one's position or situation to someone else, especially in a sexual relationship.
American Heritage Medicine
Very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping.
Jealous of one's rights.
Webster's New World
Resentfully envious.
Webster's New World

Origin of Jealous

  • Middle English jelous from Old French gelos jealous, zealous from Vulgar Latin zēlōsus from Late Latin zēlus zeal zeal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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