What does covetous mean?

Definitions for covetousˈkʌv ɪ təs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word covetous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. covetous, envious, jealous(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"

  2. avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile(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"


  1. covetous(Adjective)

    Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (especially money); avaricious;

  2. Origin: From coveitous, from *, from as if *, from cupiditas; see covet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covetous(verb)

    very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense

  2. Covetous(verb)

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of covetous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of covetous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Horace:

    The covetous man is ever in want.

  2. Sir Thomas Browne:

    Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.

  3. Ben Jonson:

    The covetous man never has money. The prodigal will have none shortly.

  4. Francis Bacon:

    If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.

  5. Francis Quarles:

    If thou desire not to be poor, desire not to be too rich. He is rich, not that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is poor, not that enjoys little, but he that wants too much. The contented mind wants nothing which it hath not; the covetous mind wants, not only what it hath not, but likewise what it hath.

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