American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Fearful or wary of being supplanted; apprehensive of losing affection or position.
- adj. Resentful or bitter in rivalry; envious: jealous of the success of others.
- adj. Inclined to suspect rivalry.
- adj. Having to do with or arising from feelings of envy, apprehension, or bitterness: jealous thoughts.
- adj. Vigilant in guarding something: We are jealous of our good name.
- adj. Intolerant of disloyalty or infidelity; autocratic: a jealous God.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of zeal; zealous in the service of a person or cause; solicitous for the honor or interests of one's self or of another, or of some institution, cause, etc.: followed by for.
- Anxiously watchful; suspiciously vigilant; much concerned; suspicious.
- Specifically Troubled by the suspicion or the knowledge that the love, good will, or success one desires to retain or secure has been diverted from one's self to another or others; suspicious or bitterly resentful of successful rivalry: absolute or followed by of with an object: as, a jealous husband or lover; to be jealous of a competitor in love or in business, of one's mistress, or of the attentions of others toward her.
- Fearful; afraid.
- Synonyms See envy.
- To suspect; distrust.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Zealous; solicitous; vigilant; anxiously watchful.
- adj. Apprehensive; anxious; suspiciously watchful.
- adj. Demanding exclusive devotion; intolerant of rivalry.
- adj. Disposed to suspect rivalry in matters of interest and affection; apprehensive regarding the motives of possible rivals, or the fidelity of friends; distrustful; having morbid fear of rivalry in love or preference given to another; painfully suspicious of the faithfulness of husband, wife, or lover.
- adj. suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival
- adj. showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages
- First coined 1382, Old French jalous, from Late Latin zelosus, from Ancient Greek ζῆλος (zēlos, "zeal, jealousy"), from ζηλόω (zēloō, "to emulate, to be jealous"). Cognate to zeal. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English jelous, from Old French gelos, jealous, zealous, from Vulgar Latin *zēlōsus, from Late Latin zēlus, zeal; see zeal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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