Definition of covetous
1 : marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions He looked at his boss's new car with covetous eyes.
2 : having a craving for possession covetous of power
Examples of covetous in a Sentence
The expensive car drew many covetous looks.
one aggressive bargain hunter rushed to make a covetous grab for the last marked-down TV
Origin and Etymology of covetous
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of covetous
COVETOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of covetous for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else
COVETOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of covetous for Students
: having or showing too much desire for wealth or possessions or for something belonging to another person
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