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What does jealous mean?
This feeling or the state of feeling this way is called jealousy. Jealous can describe someone who is feeling or is prone to jealousy. It can also be used to describe such a person’s thoughts or actions.
Feeling jealous usually occurs as a result of someone owning something you want but can’t have or having achieved some kind of success that you want to achieve but have not been able to.
This sense of jealous is very similar in meaning to envious. The word envy refers to a mostly negative feeling of desire for something that someone else has and you do not—like a mix of admiration and discontent. However, while envy is not necessarily malicious, jealousy usually implies a deeper resentment, perhaps because you feel that you deserve the thing more than the other person, or that it is unfair that they have it and you don’t.
Jealous is also used in the context of romantic relationships to describe someone who feels hostility, uneasiness, or distress relating to the fear that their romantic partner will be unfaithful. This often involves opposition to others giving one’s partner positive attention. Being jealous in this way is considered very unhealthy in a relationship. The word is often used applied to partners who act this way, as in jealous husband or jealous girlfriend.
Sometimes, jealous can mean vigilant in maintaining or guarding something. This sense of the word is often used in adverb form, as in The dragon jealously guarded the treasure.
Example: If your friends feel jealous of you because of your success, they may not be your friends.
Where does jealous come from?
The first records of the word jealous come from around 1200. It ultimately derives from the Greek zēlos, meaning “zeal” (enthusiastic devotion). The words zeal and zealous are based on the same root.
Being jealous usually involves coveting (greedily desiring) what someone else has, such as material possessions, success, fame—even a romantic partner. In the context of romantic relationships, though, being jealous involves feeling the need to intensely guard access to one’s partner in order to prevent perceived threats to the relationship.
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- jealously (adverb)
- jealousness (noun)
- jealousy (noun)
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Being jealous commonly involves resentment relating to possessions, success, and romantic partners.
Try Not To Be Jealous Of What Others Have. Work Hard And You Can Achieve It For Yourself.. 😌🙏🏻💯
— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason77) March 2, 2016
I’ve never been the jealous “friend” I wanna see everyone winning, even if it’s before me.
— A✨ (@AaeMae) October 22, 2020
Bond: "Who'd want to put a contract on me?"
M: "Jealous husbands. Outraged chefs. Humiliated tailors. The list is endless!"
One of my favorite moments from The Man with the Golden Gun.
— Krista K. Thomason (@kkthomason) April 26, 2020
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Feeling jealous is usually considered a negative and unhealthy feeling.
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Etta and Ella get into a jealous row over ownership of certain stories from their past, at a public event.Adrienne Kennedy’s new play, ‘Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,’ is utterly unique|Peter Marks|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
Many suggested that Colin Meloy, the frontman of the Decemberists, might feel a little jealous — as his band created sea shanty-adjacent folk-rock tunes for years.
Lunch may be jealous, but the rest of your day will thank you.
Like the recently released Mario Lego sets, this is the kind of toy that makes me jealous of kids today.
Airhead also makes a training tube that can handle up to 120 pounds, so check that one out if some of the older kids start getting jealous.
His acolytes, some of whom refer to themselves as “health freedom fighters” are undeterred by this sort of jealous shoptalk.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils|Kent Sepkowitz|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jealous of her young male friend who was permitted to ride his bike around shirtless, she once ripped off her top, too.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’|Kevin Fallon|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It even makes Cersei jealous to the point where she calls her out on it at the Purple Wedding.
“Rupert was horrible to Colin during the filming, very jealous at this other young person coming up,” says Mitchell.Bring ‘Another Country’ to Broadway: Why a Hit British Classic Needs Its New York Moment|Tom Teodorczuk|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Elle.com published a piece entitled “Why This Photo of Gisele Bündchen Breastfeeding Makes Me Jealous.”Why Do We Love Gisele Bundchen but Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?|Erin Cunningham|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, Napoleon, so great in many things, was so jealous of his own glory that he could be mean beyond words.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Gordon, however, had never been a lover, and if Bernard noted Angela's gravity it was not because he felt jealous.Confidence|Henry James
Why, Lucy has been your only serious competitor this season; I wonder you aren't jealous of each other.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
He's jealous, for he has never been past Harrisburg; but I've really gone around a little circle.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
These latter were jealous of their leader because he belonged to a different nation from themselves.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade