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[kuhv-i-tuh s] /ˈkʌv ɪ təs/
inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
eagerly desirous.
Origin of covetous
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
1. grasping, rapacious. See avaricious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for covetous
  • 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.
  • The plot's menace is personified by a covetous store owner who hopes to exploit the cheetah at the local dog races.
  • It's also vulnerable to theft, covetous family members and demands for loans from relatives.
  • There was a bit of account action of interest to those of covetous bent.
  • Few restaurateurs are as openly covetous of the guide's stars.
  • If it were only for a vocabulary the scholar would be covetous of action.
  • The proud shall be filled with utter confusion, and the covetous shall be pinched with miserable poverty.
British Dictionary definitions for covetous


(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

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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