Origin of covetousMiddle English coveitous from Old French
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.
Feeling, expressing, or characterized by a strong or immoderate desire for the possessions of another: “At least three European empires had extended covetous gazes toward the Pacific Northwest” ( David A. Bell )
(comparative more covetous, superlative most covetous)
- Augustus was a covetous, cruel and superstitious man, but these qualities were redeemed by his political caution and his wise methods of government.
- Marca, clever and covetous, was also an historian of note.
- As a contemporary chronicler wrote, the realm was out of all good governanceas it has been many days before the king was simple, and led by covetous councillors, and owed more than he was worth.
- In 1541 his kinsman Maurice became duke of Saxony, and cast covetous eyes upon the electoral dignity.
- He cast covetous eyes upon the archbishopric of Magdeburg and the bishopric of Halberstadt, both of which he secured for his son Frederick in 1551.