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[en-vee-uh s] /ˈɛn vi əs/
full of, feeling, or expressing envy:
envious of a person's success; an envious attack.
  1. emulous.
  2. enviable.
Origin of envious
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious
Related forms
enviously, adverb
enviousness, noun
nonenvious, adjective
nonenviously, adverb
nonenviousness, noun
overenvious, adjective
overenviously, adverb
overenviousness, noun
quasi-envious, adjective
quasi-enviously, adverb
unenvious, adjective
unenviously, adverb
Can be confused
enviable, envious, jealous.
1. resentful, jealous, covetous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for envious
  • Rather than being envious of my children or my work per se, some colleagues seem jealous of my general stage of life.
  • This business professor is envious of liberal-arts professors.
  • The interviewee seems awefully biased and envious of those of us that do have good intuition.
  • There is no need to appear so envious.
  • Everyone was envious.
  • He claims to have been the victim of concocted charges and envious conspiracies.
  • My glances at business class grow ever-more envious.
  • The often cuddly looking wombat may leave some readers envious of its languid lifestyle.
  • His enemies were to be found among rivals envious of his wealth and influence.
  • I'm excited for you, and envious I won't be joining you.
British Dictionary definitions for envious


feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
Derived Forms
enviously, adverb
enviousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy
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Word Origin and History for envious

c.1300, from Anglo-French envious, Old French envieus (13c.), earlier envidius (12c., Modern French envieux), from Latin invidiosus "full of envy" (source of Spanish envidioso, Italian invidioso, Portuguese invejoso), from invidia (see envy). Related: Enviously; enviousness.

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