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covetous

[kuhv-i-tuh s] /ˈkʌv ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
2.
eagerly desirous.
Origin of covetous
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English coveitous < Anglo-French, Old French; see covet, -ous
Related forms
covetously, adverb
covetousness, noun
noncovetous, adjective
noncovetously, adverb
noncovetousness, noun
overcovetous, adjective
overcovetously, adverb
overcovetousness, noun
uncovetous, adjective
uncovetously, adverb
uncovetousness, noun
Synonyms
1. grasping, rapacious. See avaricious.
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  • She gathered together all her nicest things, and, not content with her own, cast a covetous eye on the possessions of her sisters.

    Sisters Three Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • If it were to take any money, ought he not to make the most covetous march in the front?

  • Here, alas, a covetous rat made a bonne bouche of the bon mot—perhaps it is as well!

  • He smiled ever so faintly as he saw the covetous gleam in her eyes.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "Great business," said Big Slim, a covetous glint in his eyes.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
  • His covetous, despairing eyes dwelt on her and clung about her.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Rich, they were eager to be more rich; well placed in society, they were covetous of higher social distinction.

    Horace Theodore Martin
  • Spoken of covetous people, who will never be satisfied while they are alive.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • He was shrewd as well as high-spirited; he was not covetous for the garden if the wasps' nest remained undemolished.

British Dictionary definitions for covetous

covetous

/ˈkʌvɪtəs/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) and foll by of. jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
Derived Forms
covetously, adverb
covetousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for covetous
adj.

mid-13c., from Old French coveitos (12c., Modern French convoiteux) "desirous, covetous," from Vulgar Latin *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetously; covetousness.

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