envious

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for envious

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

unenvious

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Examples of envious in a Sentence

a family that is envious of their neighbors' big house

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There are no such concerns this time around, however, as Atleti's new retro effort, featuring faded diagonal pinstripes and a navy blue trim, has left fans across the continent envious. SI.com, "Atletico Madrid Launch New Retro Third Kit as Los Rojiblancos Keep Sky-Blue Theme Running," 13 Sep. 2019 Buzz for the event likely reach the kind of mainstream audience envious of those who attended the 2004 ceremony that saw Alison Krauss and Robert Plant hop on stage together for the first time. cleveland.com, "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new ‘Rock Hall Honors’ series is already a huge letdown," 16 Aug. 2019 Design superhero Joanna Gaines has just given us another space to be totally envious over. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why Joanna Gaines Chose a Super ‘Dramatic’ Paint Color at Her Magnolia Headquarters," 6 Aug. 2019 Steyer launches his campaign with an infrastructure that would make many candidates who have been in the race for months envious. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Tom Steyer joins swarm of Democrats running for president," 9 July 2019 But envious in that peculiarly hateful sort of way in which a man might resent his ex-wife’s newfound riches. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "My American Dream," 4 July 2019 In terms of making the character his own, Chiwetel Ejiofor stands out by sinking his teeth into Scar, the envious lion who betrays his brother, Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising his role), and chases Simba away in order to steal his throne. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Lion King' hits familiar notes in adapting Disney classic," 11 July 2019 These moments, including their impromptu dance party in London, aren’t the first or only times we’ve been made to feel envious of their wonderful relationship. Clarkisha Kent, EW.com, "All the times Lupita Nyong’o and Janelle Monáe’s friendship made us incredibly jealous," 4 July 2019 One of the themes that recurs in her poetry is longing — not a longing that is negative or envious, just a reach toward something ineffable in the human heart. courant.com, "Social justice, longing reflected in the spare poems of Davyne Verstandig," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of envious

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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envious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of envious

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

envious

adjective
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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