- The definition of covetous is jealous of something or someone, or really wanting something that belongs to another.
When you are really jealous of your sister's house and you really want it for yourself, this is an example of when you are covetous.
Origin: Middle English coveitous ; from Old French
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- Excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another. See Synonyms at jealous.
- Marked by extreme desire to acquire or possess: covetous of learning.
- covˈet·ous·ly adverb
- covˈet·ous·ness noun