AskDefine | Define covetous

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covetous adj
1 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" [syn: envious, jealous]
2 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" [syn: avaricious, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile]

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Pronunciation

  • kŭv'ət-əs, /ˈkʌvətəs/, /"kVv@t@s/

Adjective

  1. desirous; strongly wanting something.

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