noun, plural en·vies.
verb (used with object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
verb (used without object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
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Idioms for envy
Origin of envy
synonym study for envy
words often confused with envy
historical usage of envy
Latin invidia is a derivative of the verb invidēre “to look askance at, regard with ill will, be jealous of, cast the evil eye on.” Invidēre is a compound of the preposition and prefix in, in- “in, into, at” and the simple verb vidēre “to see.”
OTHER WORDS FROM envyen·vy·ing·ly, adverbun·en·vied, adjectiveun·en·vy·ing, adjectiveun·en·vy·ing·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH envyenvy , jealousy (see confusables note at the current entry)
Example sentences from the Web for envy
I was jonesing for the shot — like a lot of people, I had vaccine envy.Gene Weingarten: I admit it. Like a lot of people, I had vaccine envy.|Gene Weingarten|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
I believe envy can be a problem, but I think about it differently.How to Succeed by Being Authentic (Hint: Carefully) (Ep. 438)|Stephen J. Dubner|November 5, 2020|Freakonomics
As I made my way through the series, I found myself envying young readers.Speed Read: J.K. Rowling Pens Another Winner With ‘The Silkworm’|Malcolm Jones|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had had the pleasure of seeing the Serjeant, and of envying him too, with all a poor man's envy, for eight years and a quarter.The Pickwick Papers|Charles Dickens
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II|Francis Augustus Cox
Conan watched in an almost impersonal fascination, envying the monster his inhuman strength.The Devil in Iron|Robert E. Howard
I envy her Peter with a passion almost pain; and now I find myself envying her a school friend!Mavis of Green Hill|Faith Baldwin
The last was appointed to that portion which lay across the Moss, neither of the other two envying his lot.Lives of the Engineers|Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for envy
noun plural -vies
verb -vies, -vying or -vied
Derived forms of envyenvier, nounenvyingly, adverb
Word Origin for envy
Idioms and Phrases with envy
see green with envy.