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:


I remember when I first started in the business, I lost a lot of friends. Some were jealous, some were annoyed at the fact that I was an actress.

-- Amber Tamblyn (American Actress)

I get a little jealous of these actor boys. They walk into a club, and in two seconds flat there are swarms of girls who are wanting so badly to touch them or just say hello. That's not the case with me, or any other girl I know.

-- Claire Danes (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Kathie Lee Gifford (American Entertainer)

I wrote a novel about Israelis who live their own lives on the slope of a volcano. Near a volcano one still falls in love, one still gets jealous, one still wants a promotion, one still gossips.

-- Amos Oz (Israeli Writer)

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

-- Ryan Phillippe (American Actor)

I don't want to come off like the jealous brother who wasn't getting the attention, but it was like no one was really into me anyway. I wasn't really a priority.

-- Jack Osbourne (English Celebrity)

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)

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)

Old habits are strong and jealous.

-- Dorothea Brande (American Writer)

I was always jealous of something getting more attention.

-- Robyn Hitchcock (English Musician)

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)

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)

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)

Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore be directed to this noble purpose, and then all the objections urged against it by jealous tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish.

-- Adam Weishaupt (German Clergyman)

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

-- Jessica Savitch (American Journalist)

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)

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)

I have never been jealous. Not even when my dad finished fifth grade a year before I did.

-- Jeff Foxworthy (American Comedian)

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)

Those who believe in nothing are very, very jealous and angry at those who believe in something.

-- Dennis Prager (American Journalist)

I used to be kind of bitter and jealous as well, but I get it. It's business.

-- Carlos Alazraqui (American Actor)

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

-- Gary Allan (American Musician)

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

-- Mike Nichols (German Director)

If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain!

-- Marie de France (French Poet)

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)

Younger guys are just too jealous.

-- Adriana Lima (Brazilian Model)

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)

I think that American people really know how to pursue fun, they really know how to have a good time. Japanese are somewhat more reserved than Americans, so I'm jealous.

-- Nobuo Uematsu (Japanese Composer)

I have no problem with the people who work hard to get success. But I think people are very jealous about success. I work very hard and they don't appreciate that.

-- Alain Prost (French Celebrity)

The heart of the jealous knows the best and most satisfying love, that of the other's bed, where the rival perfects the lover's imperfections.

-- Djuna Barnes (American Novelist)

It is matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.

-- Clare Boothe Luce (American Dramatist)

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)

Men must stop being jealous of their power and generously allow freedom and responsibility to others. The reward is harmonious families and society.

-- Delphine de Girardin (French Novelist)

The storyboard department doesn't talk to the layout department, which doesn't talk to the writing department. They're all jealous of each other.

-- John Kricfalusi (Canadian Artist)


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