jealous: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: ( jel'us), [key]
— adj.
  1. feeling resentment against someone because of that person's rivalry, success, or advantages (often fol. by of&hasp;): He was jealous of his rich brother.
  2. feeling resentment because of another's success, advantage, etc. (often fol. by of&hasp;): He was jealous of his brother's wealth.
  3. characterized by or proceeding from suspicious fears or envious resentment: a jealous rage; jealous intrigues.
  4. inclined to or troubled by suspicions or fears of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims: a jealous husband.
  5. solicitous or vigilant in maintaining or guarding something: The American people are jealous of their freedom.
  6. intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry: The Lord is a jealous God.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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