jealous Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “jealous” in the English Dictionary

"jealous" in British English

See all translations

jealousadjective

uk   us   /ˈdʒel.əs/

jealous adjective (UNHAPPY)

B1 upset and ​angry because someone that you ​loveseemsinterested in another ​person: a jealous ​husband/​wife Anna says she feels jealous every ​time another woman ​looks at her ​boyfriend.B2 unhappy and ​angry because someone has something that you ​want: He had always been very jealous of his brother's good ​looks.
Compare
More examples

jealous adjective (CAREFUL)

extremelycareful in ​protecting someone or something: She is very jealous of her ​independence, and doesn't ​want to get ​married. Her ​parents used to ​keep a jealous watch over her when she was ​young.
jealously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B2 The ​exactlocation of the ​hotel where the ​royalcouple is ​staying is a jealously (= ​carefully) guardedsecret. She ​eyed Gwen's ​engagementring jealously.
(Definition of jealous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jealous" in American English

See all translations

jealousadjective

 us   /ˈdʒel·əs/

jealous adjective (WANTING QUALITIES)

unhappy and ​slightlyangry because you ​wish you had someone else’s ​qualities, ​advantages, or ​success: Ron was jealous of his colleague’s ​promotion.

jealous adjective (FEARFUL ABOUT LOVE)

fearing that someone you ​loveloves someone ​else or is ​loved by someone ​else

jealous adjective (CAREFUL TO PROTECT)

very ​careful to ​protect someone or something: Her ​parentskept a jealous ​watch over her.
jealously
adverb  us   /ˈdʒel·əs·li/
He jealously ​guarded his ​privacy.
(Definition of jealous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of jealous?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More