From Middle English envious, from Anglo-Norman envious, from Old French envieus, envious (modern French envieux), from Latin invidiōsus; more at envy. Doublet of invidious, borrowed directly from Latin. Displaced native Old English æfestiġ.
- Feeling or exhibiting envy; jealously desiring the excellence or good fortune of another; maliciously grudging
- an envious man, disposition, or attack; envious tongues
- 1827, [John Keble], The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the Year, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), Oxford, Oxfordshire: […] [B]y W. Baxter, for J. Parker; and C[harles] and J[ohn] Rivington, […], →OCLC:
- My soul is envious of mine eye.
- Excessively careful; cautious.
- (obsolete) Malignant; mischievous; spiteful.
- (obsolete, poetic) Inspiring envy.
- (excessively cautious): overcautious
envious (plural and weak singular enviouse)
- English: envious
- “enviǒus, adj.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- “enviǒus, adj.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
envious m (oblique and nominative feminine singular enviouse)