adjective \ˈkə-və-təs\

: feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else

Full Definition of COVETOUS

:  marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions
:  having a craving for possession <covetous of power>
cov·et·ous·ly adverb
cov·et·ous·ness noun

Examples of COVETOUS

  1. The expensive car drew many covetous looks.
  2. <one aggressive bargain hunter rushed to make a covetous grab for the last marked-down TV>

First Known Use of COVETOUS

13th century

Synonym Discussion of COVETOUS

covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions <covetous of his brother's country estate>. greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire <greedy for status symbols>. acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep <an eagerly acquisitive mind>. grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means <a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives>. avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess <an avaricious miser>.


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