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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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  • He stared at them enviously for a minute and then proposed to buy them.

    Arizona's Yesterday John H. Cady
  • "I would change places with the Crown Prince," he said enviously.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Oh, my gracious, how I'd like to be there too," enviously cried Nanny Ainslee and the next moment crimsoned angrily at herself.

    Green Valley Katharine Reynolds
  • "I wish I was in such favour," Mrs. Budlong declared, enviously.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • "You don't seem to be working very hard now," said Roswell, enviously.

    Fame and Fortune Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Many eyes were staring at him, some enviously, a few superciliously.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He sat on his pony, enviously watching the cattle filling their stomachs with the wet grass.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas Frank Gee Patchin
  • "You seem to know a lot about him,'" said Lingard, enviously.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • As she read, the carrier-pigeon went on pecking at the seeds in the basket, and the doves of the mosque watched it enviously.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for enviously


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 enviously



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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