covetous

[ kuhv-i-tuhs ]
/ ˈkʌv ɪ təs /

adjective

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

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

/ (ˈkʌvɪtəs) /

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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