1. desirous of equaling or excelling; filled with emulation: boys emulous of their fathers.
  2. arising from or of the nature of emulation, as actions or attitudes.
  3. Obsolete. jealous; envious.


  1. desiring or aiming to equal or surpass another; competitive
  2. characterized by or arising from emulation or imitation
  3. archaic envious or jealous

late 14c., from Latin aemulus, from aemulari (see emulation). Related: Emulously.

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