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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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 The hour-long treatment is designed to calm, brighten, and moisturize your skin, leaving you with the kind of dewy glow that would even make a girl in a Glossier ad envious. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "I Got a Weed-Infused Facial and It Made My Skin Look Dewy as Hell," 20 Apr. 2018 As counter-factual conspiracy theories go, this one would make President Trump envious. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "3 judges on hot summer seats as stadium vote nears," 11 June 2018 During four years in office, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has racked up a list of achievements that would make most politicians envious. Fox News, "Al-Abadi defeated IS. Why won't he sweep Iraq's elections?," 11 May 2018 The room was decked out in retro art, terrazzo-tiled bathrooms, and a double-decker mini bar with full-size wine and liquor bottles that would make every character in Mad Men envious. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Game-Changing New TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport," 17 Apr. 2018 Getty Images In her first return to Paris since the 2016 robbery, Kim Kardashian-West attended the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 runway show yesterday in a jacket that any serious camper would be envious of. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian's Louis Vuitton Jacket Is Full of Secrets, Snacks Probably," 22 June 2018 The double garages have wall-to-wall oak cabinetry, and storage space to make any Christmas hoarder envious. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Maryvale teachers turn John F. Long house into a carpenter's dream," 22 June 2018 Melbourne boasts the title of the world's most liveable city and today Melburnians live an envious life. Stuart Rigg, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Australia," 5 Oct. 2016

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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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to express warning or disapproval

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