Definition of envious in English:



  • Feeling or showing envy.

    ‘I'm envious of their happiness’
    ‘an envious glance’
    • ‘You are beginning to discover that some people can be jealous and spiteful and envious.’
    • ‘Housing renovation has all been done by housing agencies, leaving council tenants to cast envious glances.’
    • ‘He still had the women swooning, the men in the audience casting envious glances and the youngsters in awe.’
    • ‘Know that the person of whom you are jealous or envious has done some good deeds in the past and is now reaping the fruit.’
    • ‘It also has a bad side because I am not liked by many people who are jealous and envious of me.’
    • ‘It also creates a jealous and envious society, as we try to outdo each other.’
    • ‘People who are envious or jealous seem to be in a perpetual state of suffering and anguish.’
    • ‘Even then, her silent beauty had received admiring appraisals and envious glances.’
    • ‘Everyone looks at you and gives you those admiring and envious glances.’
    • ‘She is jealous and she is envious and she can not stand the thought of losing you.’
    • ‘After all you have to be envious of somebody to feel jealous of them, right?’
    • ‘The envious look on my fellow competitors' faces reflected my own view: I was going to win this race hands down.’
    • ‘The freedom of an individual to create wealth and spend it without envious attacks is a value that we all should be united in protecting.’
    • ‘I'm envious of someone who is able to make a living as a reader-writer.’
    • ‘He can't help but be envious of those in the private sector - there is the great temptation.’
    • ‘My best friend when I was growing up had three sisters and I was very envious at the easy, relaxed manner he had around girls.’
    • ‘I am deeply envious, more so since I learned that the show closed today.’
    • ‘The envious and ungrateful do not really want to know the truth, since it would disturb their hatreds.’
    • ‘His effortless command of audiences would make even the greatest public speaker envious.’
    • ‘He also had a way with words that made this writer envious more than once.’
    jealous, covetous, desirous
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Middle English from Old French envieus, from envie ‘envy’, on the pattern of Latin invidiosus ‘invidious’.