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
Related Words for envyingmalice, resentment, prejudice, hatred, rivalry, covet, begrudge, crave, yearn, resent, grudge, covetousness, spite, malevolence, heartburn, malignity, maliciousness, backbiting, opposition, enviousness
Examples from the Web for envying
Historical Examples of envying
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
To be familiar and endearing with them all—and so make me mad with envying them.Little Dorrit
He tried hard to despise the braggart, but ended with envying him.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
What are you envying me that I have robbed you and the children of?Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
I am envying that peasant with his delicious melon on the rock there.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
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.