covetous

[kuhv-i-tuhs]
adjective
1.
inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
2.
eagerly desirous.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English coveitous < Anglo-French, Old French; see covet, -ous

covetously, adverb
covetousness, noun
noncovetous, adjective
noncovetously, adverb
noncovetousness, noun
overcovetous, adjective
overcovetously, adverb
overcovetousness, noun
uncovetous, adjective
uncovetously, adverb
uncovetousness, noun


1. grasping, rapacious. See avaricious.
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covetous (ˈkʌvɪtəs)
 
adj (and foll by of)
jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
 
'covetously
 
adv
 
'covetousness
 
n

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covetous
c.1300, from O.Fr. coveitus, from L. *cupiditosus, from cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetousness (late 15c.).
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Example sentences
Thereupon they fixed covetous glances upon the village school-house.
Food for thought for neocolonialists as much as all the covetous warmongers out
  there.
When home cooks get serious they start to cast covetous eyes on their
  neighbors' professional ranges.
It still draws compliments and covetous looks, and these seem to increase year
  by year.
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