- full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.
Origin of zealous
Related Wordsavid, fanatical, impassioned, dedicated, earnest, rabid, ardent, passionate, fervent, afire, antsy, burning, devoted, eager, fanatic, fervid, fired, frenetic, hot, itchy
Examples from the Web for zealous
Zealous populist patriots might pal around on principle, but banding together effectively is another matter.Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe
Tracy McNicoll, Nadette De Visser
May 21, 2014
Some of them were brought up in the faith; some are zealous converts.Teenage Girls Seduced by the Syrian Jihad?
April 21, 2014
The prohibition on cannabis and medical research seems to be the result of the same type of zealous fear.Sanjay Gupta’s Pot Pilgrimage for Pain Relief
Valerie Vande Panne
March 11, 2014
Zealous to whitewash herself Ekaterina in collusion with media loyal to the Kremlin attacked the lawyers.How the Pussy Riot Girls Trial Fell Apart
May 8, 2013
The snub was labeled a disgrace by some in the industry, and sparked a backlash among its most zealous fans.‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Battles for a Best Picture Oscar Nomination
December 3, 2012
He was leaning forward in his eagerness; he looked so zealous to be my champion—so honest!The Bacillus of Beauty
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
You are too zealous a toad-eater, and betray yourself, Mr Pinch.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
In fact, he has always been a zealous friend and advocate of popular education.
He is a zealous and liberal member of the Second Baptist church.
- filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm or zeal; ardent; fervent
Word Origin and History for zealous
1520s, from Medieval Latin zelosus (source of Italian zeloso, Spanish celoso), from zelus (see zeal). Related: Zealously, zealousness.