Definition of covetous in English:



  • Having or showing a great desire to possess something belonging to someone else.

    ‘she fingered the linen with covetous hands’
    • ‘Real Madrid have been making covetous eyes at the free-scoring Dutchman.’
    • ‘A few of the other deadly sins arise from covetous vision.’
    • ‘Possessing land, property, and wealth makes people covetous, the Bible warns.’
    • ‘It had no chance before his covetous hands, his adoring eyes.’
    • ‘Islanders do not openly admire the possessions of others because it suggests that one is envious and covetous.’
    • ‘Red has a lot of qualities that I should think you'd be covetous of.’
    • ‘Our valiant forces were lying in wait for them, inflicting heavy losses on the covetous invaders.’
    • ‘He was rash, arrogant and obstinate, contentious, envious and malicious, covetous and corrupt.’
    • ‘Our King was, in a simple statement, a greedy, power-hungry covetous hog.’
    • ‘Christensen thinks that this new approach to power won't go out of style, that the negative always breeds covetous attention.’
    • ‘By capturing them on canvas he forever locates them, with covetous jealousy, within his private, contained artistic universe.’
    • ‘In my books there are healthy, happy people, and craven, covetous, miserable people.’
    • ‘Poverty and misery have not imbued these characters with dignity but rather have made them covetous and begrudging.’
    • ‘It is the mask that the politically covetous wear to hide their self-seeking agenda.’
    • ‘The truth is that because of the unbiased media today, these covetous politicians have been exposed.’
    • ‘It was the latter's reputation of which Silvers was bound to be especially covetous.’
    • ‘It may have been borne out of provincial jealousy and a covetous desire, but the attack was startling in its intensity.’
    • ‘I shall go back as soon as I can for a long, covetous gaze.’
    • ‘For now, though, buyers are still a bit covetous with the green stuff.’
    • ‘An enterprising news director covetous of higher ratings might well think about slanting his news to the right.’
    grasping, greedy, rapacious, insatiable, yearning, acquisitive, desirous, possessive, selfish
    jealous, envious, green with envy, green, green-eyed
    grudging, begrudging
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Middle English: from Old French coveitous, based on Latin cupiditas (see cupidity).