Definition of covetous in US English:

covetous

adjective

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

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

Middle English: from Old French coveitous, based on Latin cupiditas (see cupidity).

Pronunciation

covetous

/ˈkəvədəs//ˈkəvədəs/