- The definition of envy is feeling jealous.
An example of envy is the strong desire for a friend's brand new car.
- Envy is defined as to regard with jealousy.
An example of envy is to desire a best friend's new job.
This woman has feelings of envy.
- a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another's advantages, possessions, etc.; resentful dislike of another who has something that one desires
- desire for some advantage, quality, etc. that another has
- an object of envious feeling
- Obsolete ill will; spite
Origin of envyMiddle English and amp; Old French envie ; from Classical Latin invidia ; from invidus, having hatred or ill will ; from invidere, to look askance at ; from in-, in, upon + videre, to look: see wise
- a. A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another.b. The object of such feeling: Their new pool made them the envy of their neighbors.
- Obsolete Malevolence.
transitive verben·vied, en·vy·ing, en·vies
- To feel envy toward (another person).
- To regard (something) with envy.
Origin of envyMiddle English envie, from Old French, from Latin invidia, from invidus, envious, from invidēre, to look at with envy : in-, in, on; see en–1 + vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots. V., from Middle English envien, from Old French envier, from Latin invidēre.
(countable and uncountable, plural envies)
- Resentful desire of something possessed by another or others (but not limited to material possessions). [from 13th c.]
- An object of envious notice or feeling.
- 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV part 1:
- But let me tell the World, / If he out-liue the enuie of this day, / England did neuer owe so sweet a hope, / So much misconstrued in his Wantonnesse.
(third-person singular simple present envies, present participle envying, simple past and past participle envied)
- To feel displeasure or hatred towards (someone) for their good fortune or possessions. [from 14th c.]
- Who would envy at the prosperity of the wicked? — Jeremy Taylor.
From Middle English envie, from Old French envie, from Latin invidia (“envy”), from invidere (“to look at with malice”) from in + videre ("on, upon" + "to look, see"). Displaced native Middle English ande, onde (“envy”) (from Old English anda, onda (“breath, emotion, envy, hatred, grudge, dislike”)), Middle English nithe, nith (“envy, malice”) (from Old English nīþ (“envy, hatred, malice, spite, jealousy”)).