Definition of envious in English:



  • Feeling or showing envy.

    ‘I'm envious of their happiness’
    ‘an envious glance’
    • ‘I'm envious of someone who is able to make a living as a reader-writer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are beginning to discover that some people can be jealous and spiteful and envious.’
    • ‘Everyone looks at you and gives you those admiring and envious glances.’
    • ‘After all you have to be envious of somebody to feel jealous of them, right?’
    • ‘He also had a way with words that made this writer envious more than once.’
    • ‘The envious and ungrateful do not really want to know the truth, since it would disturb their hatreds.’
    • ‘I am deeply envious, more so since I learned that the show closed today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even then, her silent beauty had received admiring appraisals and envious glances.’
    • ‘People who are envious or jealous seem to be in a perpetual state of suffering and anguish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is jealous and she is envious and she can not stand the thought of losing you.’
    • ‘It also has a bad side because I am not liked by many people who are jealous and envious of me.’
    • ‘He can't help but be envious of those in the private sector - there is the great temptation.’
    • ‘The envious look on my fellow competitors' faces reflected my own view: I was going to win this race hands down.’
    • ‘His effortless command of audiences would make even the greatest public speaker envious.’
    • ‘It also creates a jealous and envious society, as we try to outdo each other.’
    • ‘He still had the women swooning, the men in the audience casting envious glances and the youngsters in awe.’
    • ‘Housing renovation has all been done by housing agencies, leaving council tenants to cast envious glances.’
    jealous, covetous, desirous
    grudging, begrudging, resentful
    jaundiced, bitter, malicious, spiteful
    green with envy, green, green-eyed
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Middle English: from Old French envieus, from envie envy on the pattern of Latin invidiosus invidious.