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

Example Sentences

a family that is envious of their neighbors' big house
Recent Examples on the Web Dax Shepard confessed to Anna Kendrick that his wife Kristen Bell is envious of her. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2023 The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club was not well known to the people of Johnstown, who were envious of the splendor but kept off the vast acreage of private property, historian David McCullough notes in The Johnstown Flood. Popular Mechanics, 12 Jan. 2023 But in the long run, Republicans may be envious of the Democrats’ solidarity. Fox News, 10 Jan. 2023 Some Bac Giang Luxshare workers are envious of the lighter schedules at Korean and Japanese plants, where logging 26 days each month is the norm, rather than the 28 required by Luxshare. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Fortune, 16 Dec. 2022 Young people may be more envious than older folks of educational and social success, good looks, and romantic fortune. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 20 Oct. 2022 When there is more for everybody people are less envious of other people’s success. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 President Joe Biden has notched an envious record on jobs, with 10.3 million gained during his tenure. Josh Boak, ajc, 5 Nov. 2022 But in some of the five states without a lottery, envious bystanders are crossing state lines or sending ticket money across them to friends and family, hoping to get in on the action. CBS News, 4 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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