Jealous is defined as "very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping," and resentfully envious. Envy is defined as "a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another's advantages, possessions, etc.; resentful dislike of another who has something that one desires." Jealousy has stronger emotions attached than envy.

Is there a word for feeling sad and missing something you want to be a part of? For example,

I'm not feeling jealous, I'm sad and feel like I'm missing for something. I feel _____.

  • It might actually be "being envious" — envious doesn't usually mean a feeling quite as strong as your definition (although it's right for envy; it gets watered down when made into an adjective). Where did your definition come from? Have you looked in more than one dictionary? Have you looked up the adjectives jealous and envious as well?
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 24, 2016 at 6:46
  • I have always rationalized the difference in meaning between jealous and envious in the following way: I am not jealous of your new Ferrari but I am envious. In the former I crave your new car and don't want you to have it, but in the latter, I still crave such a vehicle but I don't want yours or for you to be parted from it. Oct 24, 2016 at 8:11
  • Haters is a synonym for envious.
    – melhart
    Jan 27, 2018 at 15:32

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  1. a yearning desire. "Miranda felt a wistful longing for the old days"

synonyms: yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, hankering


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