noun, plural en·vies.
verb (used with object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
verb (used without object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
Origin of envy
Synonyms for envy
noun plural -vies
verb -vies, -vying or -vied
Word Origin for envy
late 14c., from Old French envier, from envie (see envy (n.)). Related: Envied; envying.
late 13c., from Old French envie "envy, jealousy, rivalry" (10c.), from Latin invidia "envy, jealousy," from invidus "envious," from invidere "envy," earlier "look at (with malice), cast an evil eye upon," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + videre "to see" (see vision).
Similar formations in Avestan nipashnaka "envious," also "look at;" Old Church Slavonic zavideti "to envy," from videti "to see;" Lithuanian pavydeti "to envy," related to veizdeti "to see, to look at."
see green with envy.