Synonyms Word Origin to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another's property. to wish for, especially eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted. verb (used without object) to have an inordinate or wrongful desire. Origin of covet 1175–1225; Middle English coveiten
Anglo-French coveiter, Old French coveit(i)er
Vulgar Latin *cupidiētāre,
verbal derivative of
Latin cupititās cupidity Related forms cov·et·a·ble, adjective cov·et·er, noun cov·et·ing·ly, adverb un·cov·et·ed, adjective un·cov·et·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for coveter verb -vets, -veting or -veted (tr) to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person) Derived Forms covetable, adjective coveter, noun Word Origin for covet
C13: from Old French
coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditā cupidity
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Word Origin and History for coveter covet v.
mid-13c., from Old French
coveitier "covet, desire, lust after" (12c., Modern French convoiter, influenced by con- words), probably ultimately from Latin cupiditas "passionate desire, eagerness, ambition," from cupidus "very desirous," from cupere "long for, desire" (see cupidity). Related: Coveted; coveting.
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