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Feeling, expressing, or characterized by envy: "At times he regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way.... He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage" (Stephen Crane). See Usage Note at jealous.

en′vi·ous·ly adv.
en′vi·ous·ness n.


feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
[C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy]
ˈenviously adv
ˈenviousness n


(ˈɛn vi əs)

1. full of, feeling, or expressing envy.
2. Archaic.
a. emulous.
b. enviable.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious]
en′vi•ous•ly, adv.
en′vi•ous•ness, n.


1. 'envious'

If you are envious, you wish you had something such as a possession, quality, or ability that someone else has.

We see them doing things we are not allowed to do, and are envious.

You say that you are envious of a person or envious of something that they have.

...a girl who is deeply envious of her brother.
They may be envious of your success.
2. 'enviable'

You use enviable to describe a possession, quality, or ability that someone has, and that you wish you had yourself.

They have enviable reputations as athletes.
She learned to speak foreign languages with enviable fluency.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.envious - 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"
desirous, wishful - having or expressing desire for something; "desirous of high office"; "desirous of finding a quick solution to the problem"


adjective covetous, jealous, grudging, malicious, resentful, green-eyed, begrudging, spiteful, jaundiced, green with envy I think she is envious of your success.


Resentfully or painfully desirous of another's advantages:
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[ˈenvɪəs] ADJ [person] → envidioso; [glance, look, tone] → de envidia
to be envious thattener envidia de que + subjun, tener envidia porque
she's envious that you have what she doesn'ttiene envidia de quetengas or porque tú tienes lo que ella no tiene
it makes me enviousme da envidia
to be envious of sth/sbtener envidia de algo/algn, envidiar algo/a algn
I am envious of your good luckenvidio tu suerte


[ˈɛnviəs] adj [person] → envieux/euse; [thoughts, glance] → envieux/euse
to be envious of sth → envier qch
to cast an envious eye on sth → jeter un regard envieux sur qch


adj person, glanceneidisch; to be envious of somebodyauf jdn neidisch sein, jdn beneiden; to be envious of somethingauf etw (acc)neidisch sein; I felt envious of her successich beneidete sie um ihren Erfolg; he is envious that you are more successfuler ist neidisch, weil du erfolgreicher bist; to cast envious eyes or an envious eye at somethingetw neiderfüllt betrachten


[ˈɛnvɪəs] adj envious (of sb/sth)invidioso/a (di qn/qc)


(ˈenvi) noun
a feeling of discontent at another's good fortune or success. She could not conceal her envy of me / at my success.
1. to feel envy towards (someone). He envied me; She envied him his money.
2. to feel envy because of. I've always envied that dress of yours.
ˈenviable adjective
(negative unenviable) that is to be envied. She spoke in public with enviable ease.
ˈenvious adjective
feeling or showing envy. I'm envious of her talents.
the envy of
something envied by. Her piano-playing was the envy of her sisters.


حَسود závistivý misundelig neidisch φθονερός envidioso kateellinen envieux zavidan invidioso うらやましそうな 시기하는 듯한 jaloers misunnelig zawistny invejoso завистливый avundsjuk อิจฉา kıskanç ghen tị 嫉妒的
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She tried not to be envious or discontented, but it was very natural that the young girl should long for pretty things, gay friends, accomplishments, and a happy life.
Shimerda had been to our house, and she ran about examining our carpets and curtains and furniture, all the while commenting upon them to her daughter in an envious, complaining tone.
I was careful not to exceed many of them in shooting; for no people are more envious than they in this sport.
But, always, the envious cloud strives to gather again across the streak of celestial azure.
The envious billows sidelong swell to whelm my track; let them; but first I pass.
For I was envious of the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Groups of gazing pilgrims stood around all and every of these strange objects, lost in reverent wonder, and envious of the fleckless sanctity which these pious austerities had won for them from an exacting heaven.
I said these words did him extreme credit, but that he must not throw away the imperishable distinction of being the first man to descend an Alp per parachute, simply to save the feelings of some envious underlings.
It makes me envious and miserable; I who have never seen it
Narrow-minded mediocrity, envious of my success in my profession, calls me a Swindler.
How I was, in a grudging way I have no words for, envious of her grief.
said she, looking at the discomfited and envious Sarah, with delight.