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Meaning of COVETOUS

Pronunciation:  'kuvitus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
  2. [adj]  showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages; "he was never covetous before he met her"; "jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions"; "envious of their art collection"; "he was green with envy"

COVETOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: acquisitive, avaricious, desirous, envious, grabby, grasping, greedy, green, jealous, prehensile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cov"et*ous\ (k?v"?t-?s), a. [OF. coveitos, F.
convoiteux. See {Covet}, v. t.]
1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense.

         Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue.   --Shak.

         Covetous death bereaved us all, To aggrandize one
         funeral.                              --Emerson.

2. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and
   possess (esp. money); avaricious; -- in a bad sense.

         The covetous person lives as if the world were
         madealtogether for him, and not he for the world.

Syn: Avaricious; parsimonious; penurious; misrely; niggardly.
     See {Avaricious}.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acquisitive, assembly, avid, band, bevy, bunch, cluster, covey, crew, desirous, eager, envious, esurient, gluttonous, grabby, grasping, greedy, grudging, hoggish, itchy, jealous, keen, lickerish, party, piggish, prehensile, rapacious, ravenous, selfish, swinish, voracious