[em-yuh-luh s]


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 English < Latin aemulus vying with; see -ulous
Related 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
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Related Words for emulous

aspiring, competitive, rivalrous

Examples from the Web for emulous

Historical Examples of emulous

  • Just exactly same as Emulous Dodd wears when he's runnin' a funeral.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If you rode twelve mile with Emulous, you must have had an earache for the last six.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I'm awful glad you didn't tell Emulous you was the minister.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Emulous of the name of Brutus, I am above the titles of a Tarquin!


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • In the general, Sir, they were very outragious and emulous in Mischief.

British Dictionary definitions for emulous



desiring or aiming to equal or surpass another; competitive
characterized by or arising from emulation or imitation
archaic envious or jealous
Derived Formsemulously, adverbemulousness, noun

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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