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


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  • 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


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

Word Origin

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



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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