Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “envy”

See all translations

envy

verb [T]  /ˈen·vi/ us  
to wish that you had a quality or possession that another person has: I envy people so much who feel carefree.

envy

noun [U]  /ˈen·vi/ us  
the feeling that you wish you had something that someone else has: His new car is the envy of (= liked and wanted by) all his friends.
Translations of “envy”
in Korean 부러움…
in Arabic حَسَد…
in French jalousie…
in Turkish kıskançlık, gıpta, imrenme…
in Italian invidia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 羡慕, 忌妒…
in Russian зависть…
in Polish zazdrość…
in Spanish envidia…
in Portuguese inveja…
in German der Neid…
in Catalan enveja…
in Japanese うらやましさ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 羡慕, 忌妒…
(Definition of envy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of envy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “envy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be in/out of luck

to be able/unable to have or do what you want

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More