- inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
- eagerly desirous.
Origin of covetous
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Examples from the Web for covetous
Designer Tomas Maier presented a collection that was rich, sophisticated, and covetous.Milan Fall Fashion Week 2012: Raf Simons’s Last Collection at Jil Sander
February 25, 2012
If it were to take any money, ought he not to make the most covetous march in the front?
For with the incontinent man it is not as with the self-seeker and the covetous.The Memorabilia
He smiled ever so faintly as he saw the covetous gleam in her eyes.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
E. Phillips Oppenheim
In all this there is nothing of a self-seeking or covetous kind.
If he was cruel and covetous, he was punished for it in this world heavily enough.True Words for Brave Men
- (usually postpositive and foll by of) jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
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.