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 Dictionary entry overview: What does covetous mean? 

COVETOUS (adjective)
  The adjective COVETOUS has 2 senses:

1. showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages
2. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

  Familiarity information: COVETOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

COVETOUS (adjective)

Sense 1covetous [BACK TO TOP]


Showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages


covetous; envious; jealous

Context examples:

he was never covetous before he met her / jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions / envious of their art collection


desirous; wishful (having or expressing desire for something)

Sense 2covetous [BACK TO TOP]


Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth


avaricious; grabby; grasping; greedy; covetous; prehensile

Context examples:

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


acquisitive (eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas)

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