envious

adjective

en·​vi·​ous ˈen-vē-əs How to pronounce envious (audio)
1
: feeling or showing envy
envious of their neighbor's new car
envious looks
2
archaic
a
b
enviously adverb
enviousness noun

Examples of envious in a Sentence

a family that is envious of their neighbors' big house
Recent Examples on the Web And hope that business would fully rebound once restrictions ended a year ago has vanished, with China’s once envious economic growth stuttering. Marlon Sorto, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Most school districts in the Bay Area would be envious. Mercury News Editorial, The Mercury News, 29 Feb. 2024 People can be envious, especially of the attractive, high-profile wives and girlfriends of their favorite male sports stars. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 The Orioles won 101 games last year with a core of young players that could make any franchise envious. Noah Trister, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Few among Harvard’s elite have a life story that would make Dickens envious and horrified at the same time. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 11 Jan. 2024 You certainly were not supposed to be envious of others who had them. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 In games against Maryland last season, head coach Ben Johnson was envious of the Terps’ depth. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 11 Jan. 2024 Any parent can artificially generate a perfectly realistic image of their happy family standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and post it or email it to envious friends. Michael Rogers, Twin Cities, 14 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of envious was in the 13th century

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“Envious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envious. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

envious

adjective
en·​vi·​ous ˈen-vē-əs How to pronounce envious (audio)
: feeling or showing envy
envious of a neighbor's good luck
an envious look
enviously adverb
enviousness noun

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