Definition of jealous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒeləs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒeləs//
    Unhappiness, Proud, Love
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  1. 1  feeling angry or unhappy because somebody you like or love is showing interest in somebody else a jealous wife/husband He's only talking to her to make you jealous. Wordfinderaffair, date, go out with somebody, jealous, love, marriage, partner, passionate, relationship, romantic See related entries: Love
  2. 2  jealous (of somebody/something) feeling angry or unhappy because you wish you had something that somebody else has synonym envious She's jealous of my success. Children often feel jealous when a new baby arrives. See related entries: Unhappiness
  3. 3jealous (of something) wanting to keep or protect something that you have because it makes you feel proud They are very jealous of their good reputation (= they do not want to lose it). See related entries: Proud
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French gelos, from medieval Latin zelosus, from Latin zelus ‘zeal, jealousy’.Extra examples I can remember feeling madly jealous when he was with other women. Ignore her—she’s only trying to make you jealous. Peter was obsessively jealous and his behaviour was driving his wife away. She was rather jealous of me. There’s nothing for you to feel jealous about. She’s jealous of my success.
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