covetous

[kuhv-i-tuhs]

adjective

inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
eagerly desirous.

Nearby words

  1. covert coat,
  2. covert sensitization,
  3. coverture,
  4. covet,
  5. coveted,
  6. covey,
  7. covilhã,
  8. covin,
  9. covina,
  10. covington

Origin of covetous

1250–1300; Middle English coveitous < Anglo-French, Old French; see covet, -ous

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See avaricious.

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British Dictionary definitions for covetous

covetous

adjective

(usually postpositive and foll by of) jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
Derived Formscovetously, adverbcovetousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for covetous

covetous

adj.

mid-13c., from Old French coveitos (12c., Modern French convoiteux) "desirous, covetous," from Vulgar Latin *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetously; covetousness.

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