envious

[ en-vee-uhs ]
/ ˈɛn vi əs /

adjective

full of, feeling, or expressing envy: envious of a person's success; an envious attack.
Archaic.
  1. emulous.
  2. enviable.

Origin of envious

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious
Related forms
Can be confusedenviable envious jealous
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envious

/ (ˈɛnvɪəs) /

adjective

feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
Derived Formsenviously, adverbenviousness, noun

Word Origin for envious

C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy
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Word Origin and History for envious

envious


adj.

c.1300, from Anglo-French envious, Old French envieus (13c.), earlier envidius (12c., Modern French envieux), from Latin invidiosus "full of envy" (source of Spanish envidioso, Italian invidioso, Portuguese invejoso), from invidia (see envy). Related: Enviously; enviousness.

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