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

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enviously adverb
enviousness noun

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a family that is envious of their neighbors' big house
Recent Examples on the Web The success of this black community, however, caused some white people in Tulsa to become envious and angry, according to Mechelle Brown, director of programs at the Greenwood Cultural Center. Alicia Lee And Sara Sidner, CNN, "The Tulsa race massacre happened 99 years ago today. It was one of the worst acts of racial violence in the US," 1 June 2020 Manchester United, Arsenal and Inter have all been cited as potential candidates to sign the 26-year-old, who possesses the sort of skill set most midfielders who would be invariably envious of. SI.com, "Africa Cup of Nations: 9 Youngsters & Potential Transfer Targets to Keep an Eye on at the Tournament," 17 June 2019 England was particularly envious of the lucrative system developed by Spain for returning gold and silver to the mother country after the Spanish plundered the Aztec and Incan empires in 1521 and 1532. Rinker Buck, WSJ, "‘Black Flags, Blue Waters’ Review: To Live and Die a Pirate King," 26 Sep. 2018 The group, which is always comprised of three men and three women, possesses an envious combination of youth, talent and good looks. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Netflix’s ‘Terrace House’ has ‘no script,’ until fans and panelists turn on its stars," 17 Apr. 2020 Farther along two sailors had their backs turned to the view and were watching with envious looks a boy and girl who were giggling and horsing around. John Dos Passos, Harper's Magazine, "The Most Hated Nation," 30 Mar. 2020 Both companies may be casting envious glances at other segments of the betting industry. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Life without sports—betting firms begin to tally up their coronavirus losses," 21 Mar. 2020 The Sill allows both those gifted with green thumbs and those of us envious of plant enthusiasts to peruse and purchase an array of plants, with options to get recurring subscriptions, consult with a virtual plant expert, and even buy fake plants. Kate Tully Ellsworth, USA TODAY, "25 brands and products you love that were invented by women," 6 Mar. 2020 The England winger is being transformed into one of the world's best under Pep Guardiola and, according to the Sunday Express, his evolution has drawn envious glances from the Real hierarchy who are lining up a £200m transfer. SI.com, "Massive Weekly Salary for Man City's Planned Raheem Sterling Contract Extension Revealed," 20 Oct. 2019

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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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 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

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