envious

adjective en·vi·ous \ ˈen-vē-əs \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of envious

1 : feeling or showing envy
  • envious of their neighbor's new car
  • envious looks
2 archaic
a : emulous
b : enviable

enviously

adverb

enviousness

noun

Examples of envious in a Sentence

  1. a family that is envious of their neighbors' big house

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First Known Use of envious

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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envious Synonyms


ENVIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

envious

Definition of envious for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing a desire to have what someone else has : feeling or showing envy


ENVIOUS Defined for Kids

envious

adjective en·vi·ous \ ˈen-vē-əs \

Definition of envious for Students

: feeling or showing unhappiness over someone else's good fortune and a desire to have the same

enviously

adverb


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