Definitions for: Envious


[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"
[adj] that feels envy of another's possessions



Webster (1913) Definition: En"vi*ous, a. [OF. envios, F. envieux, fr. L.
invidiosus, fr. invidia envy. See Envy, and cf.
Invidious.]
1. Malignant; mischievous; spiteful. [Obs.]

Each envious brier his weary legs doth scratch.
--Shak.

2. Feeling or exhibiting envy; actuated or directed by, or
proceeding from, envy; -- said of a person, disposition,
feeling, act, etc.; jealously pained by the excellence or
good fortune of another; maliciously grudging; -- followed
by of, at, and against; as, an envious man, disposition,
attack; envious tongues.

My soul is envious of mine eye. --Keble.

Neither be thou envious at the wicked. --Prov. xxiv.
19.

3. Inspiring envy. [Obs. or Poetic]

He to him leapt, and that same envious gage Of
victor's glory from him snatched away. --Spenser.

4. Excessively careful; cautious. [Obs.]

No men are so envious of their health. --Jer.
Taylor.
-- En"vi*ous*ly, adv. -- En"vi*ous*ness, n.

Synonyms: begrudging, covetous, desirous, green, grudging, jealous, selfish

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