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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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  • Charles had little reason to be envious of the possession by his neighbour Lewis, of the country known as New France.

    The Great Company Beckles Willson
  • I might perhaps be envious if I had more modesty and less pride.

    Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • Lady Katrine stood by, and when she found that these were for Helen, her envious indignation broke forth.

    Helen Maria Edgeworth
  • And the poor army looked on with hot cheeks and envious eyes.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • He knew that Nat was a favorite, in school and out, with all who knew him, and so he was envious and vindictive.

    The Bobbin Boy William M. Thayer
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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