Definitions for: Covetous


[adj] immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
[adj] showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages; "he was never covetous before he met her"; "jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions"; "envious of their art collection"; "he was green with envy"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cov"et*ous (k?v"?t-?s), a. [OF. coveitos, F.
convoiteux. See Covet, v. t.]
1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense.
[Archaic]

Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue. --Shak.

Covetous death bereaved us all, To aggrandize one
funeral. --Emerson.

2. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and
possess (esp. money); avaricious; -- in a bad sense.

The covetous person lives as if the world were
madealtogether for him, and not he for the world.
--South.

Syn: Avaricious; parsimonious; penurious; misrely; niggardly.
See Avaricious.

Synonyms: acquisitive, avaricious, desirous, envious, grabby, grasping, greedy, green, jealous, prehensile

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