envious

[en-vee-uhs]

Origin of envious

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious
Related formsen·vi·ous·ly, adverben·vi·ous·ness, nounnon·en·vi·ous, adjectivenon·en·vi·ous·ly, adverbnon·en·vi·ous·ness, nouno·ver·en·vi·ous, adjectiveo·ver·en·vi·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·en·vi·ous·ness, nounqua·si-en·vi·ous, adjectivequa·si-en·vi·ous·ly, adverbun·en·vi·ous, adjectiveun·en·vi·ous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedenviable envious jealous

Synonyms for envious

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Contemporary Examples of enviously

Historical Examples of enviously

  • Halbert looked after him, enviously, as he rowed the boat out into the stream.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "You seem to know a lot about him,'" said Lingard, enviously.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • Boys they didn't know, on their way to work, stopped and looked at them enviously.

  • "I would change places with the Crown Prince," he said enviously.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "I wish I was in such favour," Mrs. Budlong declared, enviously.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart


British Dictionary definitions for enviously

envious

adjective
  1. 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 enviously

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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