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envious Line breaks: en¦vi|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈɛnvɪəs/

Definition of envious in English:


Feeling or showing envy: I’m envious of their happiness an envious glance
More example sentences
  • You are beginning to discover that some people can be jealous and spiteful and envious.
  • Housing renovation has all been done by housing agencies, leaving council tenants to cast envious glances.
  • He still had the women swooning, the men in the audience casting envious glances and the youngsters in awe.
jealous, covetous, desirous;
grudging, begrudging, resentful;
jaundiced, bitter, malicious, spiteful;
formal emulous


Pronunciation: /ˈɛnvɪəsli/
Example sentences
  • On the fifth day of consuming it by the bucketful, my skin has turned a subtle dusky shade, close on the color scale to that enviously smooth olive complexion of many Italians.
  • As the days progressed, students looked enviously at the empty staff parking lots while they fumed in line, or cruised the designated student lots hoping for parking spots.
  • I watch enviously as someone prepares a cocktail from the most unpromising ingredients.


Middle English: from Old French envieus, from envie 'envy', on the pattern of Latin invidiosus 'invidious'.

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