en·​vi·​ous | \ ˈen-vē-əs How to pronounce envious (audio) \

Definition of envious

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

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Other Words from envious

enviously adverb
enviousness noun

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Examples of envious in a Sentence

a family that is envious of their neighbors' big house
Recent Examples on the Web Sara’s 17-year-old sister is a bit envious of the college scholarship, but the family feels blessed, the girls’ mother Summer Afaneh said. Julie Washington, cleveland, 11 June 2021 DiCaprio has acquired a real estate portfolio that might make Ellen DeGeneres envious. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 4 June 2021 In fact, the overwhelming preference for the dollar peg shows its strength and leaves China and the European Union envious. Paul H. Jossey, National Review, 3 June 2021 As hometown fans flock to the game's newest crop of stars, such as New York's Sabrina Ionescu, Minnesota's Crystal Dangerfield and even the Fever's Kysre Gondrezick, cities without WNBA franchises grow more envious. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 Feeling a little envious of those preparing to quite literally make a splash at the luxe floating pool at London's Embassy Garden? Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, 15 May 2021 Since then, the show has developed the kind of fan base and strong critical reception that any series would be envious of. Andy Meek, BGR, 30 Apr. 2021 It’s not every day that Harvard’s graduating seniors are envious of their peers. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021 What happened, exactly, and how did Jeanette -- envious of Kate at first, only to transform herself into a version of her -- capitalize upon, and possibly play a part in, her ordeal? Brian Lowry, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of envious

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Envious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envious. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of envious

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


en·​vi·​ous | \ ˈen-vē-əs How to pronounce envious (audio) \

Kids Definition of envious

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

Other Words from envious

enviously adverb


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