from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another. See Synonyms at jealous.
- adj. Marked by extreme desire to acquire or possess: covetous of learning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (especially money); avaricious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense.
- adj. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (esp. money); avaricious; -- in a bad sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Very desirous; eager for acquisition: in a good sense: as, covetous of wisdom, virtue, or learning.
- Specifically, inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess, especially in an unlawful or unjust way; carried away by avarice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages
- adj. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
From Middle English coveitous, from Anglo-Norman *cuveitus, from Medieval Latin as if *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas ("desire"); see covet. (Wiktionary)