[ en-vee-uhs ]
/ ˈɛn vi əs /


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

Origin of envious

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious

Related forms

Can be confused

enviable envious jealous
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Examples from the Web for enviousness

  • "Do not give way to the enviousness of your sister's lot," he admonished her, very grave, in his deep voice.

  • "It's nothing but enviousness," he said in a lowered tone, which had a stimulating effect upon my wearied hearing.

    Falk|Joseph Conrad
  • For that reason, perhaps, being free from that enviousness that characterizes so many girls, she was a beauty-lover.

British Dictionary definitions for enviousness


/ (ˈɛnvɪəs) /


feeling, showing, or resulting from envy

Derived Forms

enviously, adverbenviousness, noun

Word Origin for envious

C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy
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