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- desirous of equaling or excelling; filled with emulation: boys emulous of their fathers.
- arising from or of the nature of emulation, as actions or attitudes.
- Obsolete. jealous; envious.
Origin of emulous
1350–1400; Middle EnglishRelated formsem·u·lous·ly, adverbem·u·lous·ness, nounnon·em·u·lous, adjectivenon·em·u·lous·ly, adverbnon·em·u·lous·ness, nounun·em·u·lous, adjective
< Latin aemulus
vying with; see -ulous
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Historical Examples of emulous
Just exactly same as Emulous Dodd wears when he's runnin' a funeral.
I'm awful glad you didn't tell Emulous you was the minister.
If you rode twelve mile with Emulous, you must have had an earache for the last six.
Emulous of the name of Brutus, I am above the titles of a Tarquin!
In the general, Sir, they were very outragious and emulous in Mischief.
British Dictionary definitions for emulous
Derived Formsemulously, adverbemulousness, noun
- desiring or aiming to equal or surpass another; competitive
- characterized by or arising from emulation or imitation
- archaic envious or jealous
Word Origin for emulous
C14: from Latin aemulus rivalling; see emulate
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Word Origin and History for emulous
late 14c., from Latin aemulus, from aemulari (see emulation). Related: Emulously.
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