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Definition of "jealous" []

  • Fearful or wary of being supplanted; apprehensive of losing affection or position. (adjective)
  • Resentful or bitter in rivalry; envious: jealous of the success of others. (adjective)
  • Inclined to suspect rivalry. (adjective)
  • Having to do with or arising from feelings of envy, apprehension, or bitterness: jealous thoughts. (adjective)
  • Vigilant in guarding something: We are jealous of our good name. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jealous" in a sentence
  • "The first meaning of the word jealous is "watchful or solicitous.""
  • "A judge today sentenced an Altamonte Springs man to life in prison for shooting his wife to death in what he described as a jealous rage."
  • "He and Anna became “lace curtain Irish,” the term the jealous “shanty Irish” of First Ward used for families that moved up and out."