Definitions for: Jealous


[adj] showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages; "he was never covetous before he met her"; "jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions"; "envious of their art collection"; "he was green with envy"
[adj] suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival; "a jealous lover"



Webster (1913) Definition: Jeal"ous, a. [OE. jalous, gelus, OF. jalous, F.
jaloux, LL. zelosus zealous, fr. zelus emulation, zeal,
jealousy, Gr. zh^los. See Zeal, and cf. Zealous.]
1. Zealous; solicitous; vigilant; anxiously watchful.

I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts.
--Kings xix.
10.

How nicely jealous is every one of us of his own
repute! --Dr. H. More.

2. Apprehensive; anxious; suspiciously watchful.

'This doing wrong creates such doubts as these,
Renders us jealous and disturbs our peace. --Waller.

The people are so jealous of the clergy's ambition.
--Swift.

3. Exacting exclusive devotion; intolerant of rivalry.

Thou shalt worship no other God; for the Lord, whose
name is Jealous, is a jealous God. --Ex. xxxiv.
14.

4. Disposed to suspect rivalry in matters of interest and
affection; apprehensive regarding the motives of possible
rivals, or the fidelity of friends; distrustful; having
morbid fear of rivalry in love or preference given to
another; painfully suspicious of the faithfulness of
husband, wife, or lover.

If the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be
jealous of his wife. --Num. v. 14.

To both these sisters have I sworn my love: Each
jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the adder.
--Shak.

It is one of the best bonds, both of chastity and
obedience, in the wife, if she think her husband
wise; which she will never do if she find him
jealous. --Bacon.

Syn: Suspicious; anxious; envious.

Usage: Jealous, Suspicious. Suspicious is the wider term.
We suspect a person when we distrust his honesty and
imagine he has some bad design. We are jealous when we
suspect him of aiming to deprive us of what we dearly
prize. Iago began by awakening the suspicions of
Othello, and converted them at last into jealousy.
``Suspicion may be excited by some kind of accusation,
not supported by evidence sufficient for conviction,
but sufficient to trouble the repose of confidence.''
``Jealousy is a painful apprehension of rivalship in
cases that are peculiarly interesting to us.''
--Cogan.

Synonyms: covetous, desirous, distrustful, envious, green, green-eyed, overjealous

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Famous Quotes Containing Jealous:


Hunger, revenge, to sleep are petty foes, But only death the jealous eyes can close.

-- William Wycherley (English Dramatist)

I remember being awed by it - the uniqueness and nicety of style - and I suspect I was a bit jealous because we were more or less of the same generation.

-- George Plimpton (American Journalist)

What's more ludicrous is the whole idea of me being jealous and competitive.

-- Ryan Phillippe (American Actor)

Well actually, some weeks they'll write that I'm jealous of living in her shadow. Then other weeks, they'll write that all I want to do is loaf around on her money! It's ridiculous!

-- Ryan Phillippe (American Actor)

A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.

-- Mikhail Bakunin (Russian Revolutionary)

People were hurt, and because they were hurt, they were angry and quarreled and were jealous of one another.

-- Emanuel Celler (American Politician)

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.

-- Johann Kaspar Lavater (German Theologian)

Everything they say about Elvis today is true. He was just one great guy. He wasn't jealous of anyone. I would say Elvis was really someone special when you add it all up.

-- Bobby Vinton (American Musician)

The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.

-- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French Novelist)

When I came into boxing, I brought it to the next level with adverts and doing pantomime and people just got jealous of me doing that.

-- Frank Bruno (British Athlete)

I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.

-- Thurgood Marshall (American Judge)

In my fantasy I was always the savior. I would come to Peanuts land and save everybody. Charlie Brown would fall madly in love with me. Peppermint Patty was so jealous.

-- Alicia Witt (American Actress)

Old habits are strong and jealous.

-- Dorothea Brande (American Writer)

Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.

-- Ambrose Bierce (American Journalist)

Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.

-- Hesiod (Greek Poet)

Being with an insanely jealous person is like being in the room with a dead mammoth.

-- Mike Nichols (German Director)

The show is a satire, which gives us freedom to do anything we want. Satire is the magic word that wipes away any culpability. The media is jealous of this freedom.

-- Rob Corddry (American Comedian)

Mum used to hide love letters from my boyfriends and put me down. Now I understand that she was a Polish immigrant forced to settle in Chicago. She was jealous of the freedom life gave me.

-- Ruby Wax (American Comedian)

Well, I think everybody's a little jealous of the Vietnam Wall, even people from wars that already have good monuments. You have a monument like the Wall and nobody ever forgets your war, you can bet on that.

-- Bruce Jackson ( Public Servant)

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

-- Thomas Jefferson (American President)

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.

-- Alfred Lord Tennyson (English Poet)

People were referring to me as the new Anita Bryant. Anita would get a little jealous.

-- Kathie Lee Gifford (American Entertainer)

Women didn't want to watch other women on television because they were jealous of their husbands' diverted attention.

-- Jessica Savitch (American Journalist)

I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress.

-- Harriet Ann Jacobs (American Writer)

I've always been the breadwinner and men don't like that. They turn on you. They bite the hand that feeds them. Eventually, too, they become very jealous of the love one has with an audience.

-- Shirley Bassey ( Musician)

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

-- William Penn (English Leader)

I missed out on everything. Sometimes on the street I see teenagers hanging out and going to the movies, going to concerts, and I get so jealous.

-- Adriana Lima (Brazilian Model)

We got to go to Lucas Ranch and, at that time, my brother was still living in a condo about a mile from Robin Williams, and so I made all of the other comics jealous because I got to get a ride home with him.

-- Carlos Alazraqui (American Actor)

Lady Limelight is a jealous lady. She wants all of your attention. You don't have any time to think of anything else but Lady Limelight, because pretty soon that light will be shinning on somebody else. So you better do it while you can.

-- Buck Owens (American Musician)

Yeah, I started when I was 6 years old. My brother and sister would get all of these presents at Christmas time from the cast and crew of their show and I was jealous. So I decided that I had to become an actor.

-- Sara Gilbert (American Actress)

That's a rule in the business. No tongue. You can't really get into it, otherwise, it's weird. I think that particular scene made his (Adam Brody) girlfriend jealous. There were issues.

-- Rachel Bilson (American Actress)

That's the way I got along in life. I don't ever remember being particularly jealous of anybody, because I figured if I can't do it myself, I don't deserve to get it.

-- Clyde Tombaugh (American Scientist)

There will always be a few people who just want to knock you down or are jealous or just want to be horrible for the sake of it. I don't know what drives someone to be nasty.

-- Geri Halliwell (British Musician)

I was always jealous of something getting more attention.

-- Robyn Hitchcock (English Musician)

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.

-- Gary Allan (American Musician)


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