covetous

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adjective cov·et·ous \ˈkə-və-təs\

Definition of covetous

  1. 1 :  marked byinordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions He looked at his boss's new car with covetous eyes.

  2. 2 :  having a craving for possession covetous of power

covetously

adverb

covetousness

noun

Examples of covetous in a sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of covetous

see covet


First Known Use: 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.

COVETOUS Defined for English Language Learners

covetous

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adjective cov·et·ous \ˈkə-və-təs\

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

covetous

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adjective cov·et·ous \ˈkə-vət-əs\

Definition of covetous for Students

  1. :  having or showing too much desire for wealth or possessions or for something belonging to another person



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