Definition of jealous in English:


Line breaks: jeal|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛləs


  • 1Feeling or showing an envious resentment of someone or their achievements, possessions, or perceived advantages: she was always jealous of me
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    • They were much more intelligent than we were, and quite frankly, we were jealous of their achievements.
    • By our very nature, we are selfish, jealous, envious, stricken with strife, and sometimes downright rebellious.
    • It would be selfish to be jealous of him, and I could truthfully say I wasn't.
    envious, covetous, desirous; resentful, grudging, begrudging; jaundiced, bitter, malicious, spiteful; green with envy, green, green-eyed; greedy, selfish, acquisitive
    formal emulous
  • 1.1Feeling or showing a resentful suspicion that one’s partner is attracted to or involved with someone else: a jealous husband
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    • We stopped sleeping together, but when Hanna got a new boyfriend I was jealous for the first time ever.
    • A jealous husband broke a man's nose because he thought someone was ‘ogling’ his wife.
    • Also, she had been asked to join study groups, but the husband was jealous, and forbade her from meeting with other students.
    suspicious, distrustful, mistrustful, doubting, insecure, anxious; apprehensive of rivals, possessive, proprietorial, overprotective, clinging, controlling, dominating
  • 1.2Fiercely protective of one’s rights or possessions: the men were proud of their achievements and jealous of their independence
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    • Mr Dallas said Edmunds was possessive and jealous of Miss Lawrance and took the view that if he could not have her then no one else would.
    • He was too possessive of her, she was too jealous of him.
    • It means that he cares enough about you and your relationship that he is getting jealous and protective of you.
    protective, defensive, vigilant, watchful, heedful, mindful, careful, solicitous, attentive
  • 1.3(Of God) demanding faithfulness and exclusive worship.
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    • In Hebrews we also meet the strong protests of the jealous God, who is intolerant of rivals with a holy intolerance.
    • The religious justification derives from the ban on graven images, common to the jealous God of the Old Testament and to Allah.
    • God in the Old Testament of the Bible is a vengeful, jealous God that smites those who disobey him.



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  • EU deregulation has introduced competition on airline routes once jealously protected by national airlines.
  • I thought jealously of their plans for the next six weeks in paradise.
  • Underlying many of the problems is bureaucratic inertia and jealously guarded vested interests.


Middle English: from Old French gelos, from medieval Latin zelosus (see zealous).

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