jealous

jealous
adjective
1)

he was jealous of his sister's popularity

Syn:
envious, covetous, desirous; resentful, grudging, begrudging, green (with envy)
Ant:
proud, admiring
2)

a jealous lover

Syn:
suspicious, distrustful, mistrustful, doubting, insecure, anxious; possessive, overprotective
Ant:
trusting
3)

they are very jealous of their rights

Syn:
protective, vigilant, watchful, heedful, mindful, careful, solicitous
Ant:
careless
••
jealous, covetous, envious
Envious implies wanting something that belongs to another and to which one has no particular right or claim (envious of her good fortune). Jealous may refer to a strong feeling of envy (it is hard not to be jealous of a man with a job like his), or it may imply an intense effort to hold on to what one possesses (jealous of what little time she has to herself); it is often associated with distrust, suspicion, anger, and other negative emotions (a jealous wife). Someone who is covetous has fallen prey to an inordinate or wrongful desire, usually for a person or thing that rightfully belongs to another. In other words, a young man might be jealous of the other men who flirt with his girlfriend, while they might be envious of her obvious preference for him. But the young man had better not be covetous of his neighbor's wife.

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  • Jealous — Jeal ous, a. [OE. jalous, gelus, OF. jalous, F. jaloux, LL. zelosus zealous, fr. zelus emulation, zeal, jealousy, Gr. zh^los. See {Zeal}, and cf. {Zealous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Zealous; solicitous; vigilant; anxiously watchful. [1913 Webster] I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jealous — [jel′əs] adj. [ME jelous < OFr gelos < ML zelosus: see ZEAL] 1. very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping [jealous of one s rights] 2. a) resentfully suspicious of a rival or a rival s influence [a husband jealous of other men] b)… …   English World dictionary

  • jealous — (adj.) c.1200, gelus, later jelus (early 14c.), possessive and suspicious, originally in the context of sexuality or romance; in general use late 14c.; also in a more positive sense, fond, amorous, ardent, from c.1300, from O.Fr. jalos keen,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • jealous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) envious of someone else s achievements or advantages. 2) resentful of someone regarded as a sexual rival. 3) fiercely protective of one s rights or possessions: they kept a jealous eye over their interests. 4) (of God) demanding… …   English terms dictionary

  • jealous — I adjective begrudging, competitive, covetous, desiring, desirous, discontented, disposed to envy, dissatisfied, distrustful, doubting, envious, greedy, grudging, invidus, lividus, longing, possessive, rival, suspicious II index resentful,… …   Law dictionary

  • jealous — *envious Analogous words: suspicious, mistrustful (see corresponding nouns at UNCERTAINTY): *doubtful, dubious: vigilant, *watchful, alert: distrusting, mistrusting (see DISTRUST) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • jealous — [adj] desirous; wary anxious, apprehensive, attentive, begrudging, covetous, demanding, doubting, emulous, envious, envying, grabby, grasping, green eyed, grudging, guarded, intolerant, invidious, jaundiced, mistrustful, monopolizing, possessive …   New thesaurus

  • jealous — jeal|ous [ˈdʒeləs] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: jelous, from Late Latin zelus; ZEAL] 1.) feeling angry and unhappy because someone has something that you wish you had →↑envious jealous of ▪ Why are you so jealous of his success? ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jealous — jeal|ous [ dʒeləs ] adjective * 1. ) slightly angry because someone else has something you would like, or can do something you would like to do: I expect some of your colleagues will be jealous. jealous of: Other girls were jealous of her good… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • jealous */ — UK [ˈdʒeləs] / US adjective 1) unhappy because someone has something that you would like or can do something that you would like to do I expect some of your colleagues will be jealous. jealous of: Other girls were jealous of her good looks. 2)… …   English dictionary

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