zealous

[zel-uh s]

adjective

full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.

Nearby words

  1. zeal,
  2. zealand,
  3. zealot,
  4. zealotry,
  5. zealots,
  6. zealously,
  7. zeami,
  8. zeatin,
  9. zebec,
  10. zebedee

Origin of zealous

From the Medieval Latin word zēlōsus, dating back to 1520–30. See zeal, -ous

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for underzealous

zealous

adjective

filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm or zeal; ardent; fervent
Derived Formszealously, adverbzealousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for underzealous

zealous

ad.

1520s, from Medieval Latin zelosus (source of Italian zeloso, Spanish celoso), from zelus (see zeal). Related: Zealously, zealousness.

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