- 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.
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- characterized by envy; feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French envieus ; from Classical Latin invidiosus ; from invidia, envy
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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 Synonyms at jealous.
- Archaic Eager to emulate; emulous.
- enˈvi·ous·ly adverb
- enˈvi·ous·ness noun