en·​vi·​ous | \ ˈen-vē-əs \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for envious


covetous, green-eyed, invidious, jaundiced, jealous, resentful



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Examples of envious in a Sentence

a family that is envious of their neighbors' big house

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All five of us girls grew up envious of the privileges the boys had. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 With many families pinched for space, an uninhabited bedroom could become a place for work, exercise, relaxation or guests, or maybe a bigger room for a long-envious little sibling. Lisa A. Flam, Fox News, "Kid leaving for college? Hands off their bedroom, for now," 28 Aug. 2018 For lawn geeks like him, the attractions also include spending time outdoors and meeting their (often envious) neighbors. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Plucking Blades by Hand, Vacuuming the Grass: This Is Extreme Lawn Care," 15 July 2018 That time of the year where we are all mesmerized by or envious of the naked bodies that athletes flaunt in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body issue. Eduardo Gonzalez, latimes.com, "Galaxy's Ibrahimovic and Dodgers' Puig will be featured in this year's ESPN The Magazine's Body issue. Here's a sneak peek," 21 June 2018 Middles, by contrast, are characterized primarily as envious and are perceived as especially deficient in attributes related to confidence. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 The envious dessert, which was made with goat cheese and strawberry balsamic, organic red velvet, carrot, and chocolate hazelnut, will be showcased on the June 25 episode of Cake Hunters. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 It's been a long time since Manchester United fans have been envious of the spending from rivals Liverpool, leaving many frustrated at their own clubs transfer dealing so far this summer. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Rejoice Over Imminent Deal for Nabil Fekir Whilst Man Utd Supporters Vent Frustration," 8 June 2018 Believe it or not, a close examination in the gym mirror might reveal that one arm is a little more like Popeye, while the other resembles his slightly-smaller, much-more-envious cousin. Adrienne Jordan, GQ, "6 Unilateral Exercises That Will Turn Your Limbs to Wobbly Mush," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of envious

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of envious

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

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excited commotion or publicity

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