- desirous of equaling or excelling; filled with emulation: boys emulous of their fathers.
- arising from or of the nature of emulation, as actions or attitudes.
- Obsolete. jealous; envious.
- desiring or aiming to equal or surpass another; competitive
- characterized by or arising from emulation or imitation
- archaic envious or jealous
late 14c., from Latin aemulus, from aemulari (see emulation). Related: Emulously.