Adjective "jealous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Feeling or showing an envious resentment of someone or their achievements, possessions, or perceived advantages.
  1. 'She said they were jealous of her genius and resented her because she was a woman.'
  2. 'My personal view, admittedly pretty neurotic, is that the politician is jealous of hardworking people who can manage to have a good time.'
  3. 'And her eyes were outlined in black eyeliner, making her green eyes stand out even more, which she was jealous of.'
  4. 'I'm jealous of the people behind the popular weblogs.'
  5. 'She had dark brown hair and bright green eyes, I was also jealous of.'
  6. 'People who are envious or jealous seem to be in a perpetual state of suffering and anguish.'
  7. 'I'm insanely jealous of people who have imaginations.'
  8. 'I try not to get jealous of her affection for my dog.'
  9. 'It would be selfish to be jealous of him, and I could truthfully say I wasn't.'
  10. 'They were much more intelligent than we were, and quite frankly, we were jealous of their achievements.'
  11. 'a jealous husband'
  12. 'A jealous husband broke a man's nose because he thought someone was ‘ogling’ his wife.'
  13. 'Over three quarters reported that their dating partners did something to make them jealous.'
  14. 'the men were proud of their achievements and jealous of their independence'
  15. 'It means that he cares enough about you and your relationship that he is getting jealous and protective of you.'
  16. 'In Hebrews we also meet the strong protests of the jealous God, who is intolerant of rivals with a holy intolerance.'
  17. 'The religious justification derives from the ban on graven images, common to the jealous God of the Old Testament and to Allah.'
  18. 'I also posed a question to him: If the Christian God was supposed to be a god of love, then why is he a jealous god?'


1. feeling resentment against someone because of that person's rivalry, success, or advantages (often followed by of): He was jealous of his rich brother.

2. feeling resentment because of another's success, advantage, etc. (often followed by of): 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

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be jealous of people."

"people can be jealous of successes."

"people can be jealous of facts."

"places can be jealous of states."

"people can be jealous of places."

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Middle English: from Old French gelos, from medieval Latin zelosus (see zealous).