- inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
- eagerly desirous.
Origin of covetous
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Examples from the Web for covetously
He took it all into his heart, covetously, greedily, trying to fix it there for ever.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Fleming's eye glanced at it covetously, ignoring the figure behind it.From Sand Hill to Pine
"Wish we were on the same game," added Branscombe covetously.The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge
Percy F. Westerman
He snatched it covetously from the letter-rack, and carried it upstairs to his room.The Adventures of Sally
P. G. Wodehouse
Then he leaned forward, his eyes fixed boldly, covetously on her.The Salamander
- (usually postpositive and foll by of) jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
Word Origin and History for covetously
mid-13c., from Old French coveitos (12c., Modern French convoiteux) "desirous, covetous," from Vulgar Latin *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetously; covetousness.