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

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 Michelle Rodriguez says at least one member of the Fast and Furious family is envious of her latest role. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 The Rangers surprised many around baseball by signing two of those five players and Woodward knows many teams had to be envious of Texas pulling off such a feat. John Perrotto, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Up until that point, the company had enjoyed envious growth. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 29 June 2022 So my childhood was really defined by not being an outsider but learning about and feeling envious of the Jewish community in a lot of ways. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 17 June 2022 The quiet campaign against Welles was waged in part by Bullitt, evidently envious of Welles’s proximity to Roosevelt. Michael Waters, The New Yorker, 31 May 2022 And if that's not fancy enough for you, there's also another figurine that'll truly make any diehard Moon Knight fan envious. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 20 Apr. 2022 The Warriors’ efforts Wednesday revived the old rumblings from around the envious league that the Warriors are soft. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2022 Ignelzi’s sequence of photos got nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and drew envious grumbles from other newspaper photographers in town. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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