- The definition of envious is showing desire for what others have.
A woman who is jealous of the fancy clothes of her friends is an example of someone who is envious.
This child is envious of her friends school lunch.
envious definition by Webster's New World
- characterized by envy; feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French envieus ; from Classical Latin invidiosus ; from invidia, envy
envious definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 Synonyms at jealous.
- Archaic Eager to emulate; emulous.
- enˈvi·ous·ly adverb
- enˈvi·ous·ness noun