Definition of envious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈenviəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenviəs//
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envious (of somebody/something) wanting to be in the same situation as somebody else; wanting something that somebody else has Everyone is so envious of her. They were envious of his success. He saw the envious look in the other boy's eyes. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French envieus, from envie ‘envy’, on the pattern of Latin invidiosus ‘invidious’.Extra examples He had always felt envious of his brother. She tried not to appear envious. Everyone is so envious of her having the chance to study abroad.
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