Envious En"vi*ous, a. [OF. envios, F. envieux, fr. L. invidiosus, fr. invidia envy. See {Envy}, and cf. {Invidious}.] 1. Malignant; mischievous; spiteful. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Each envious brier his weary legs doth scratch. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Feeling or exhibiting envy; actuated or directed by, or proceeding from, envy; -- said of a person, disposition, feeling, act, etc.; jealously pained by the excellence or good fortune of another; maliciously grudging; -- followed by of, at, and against; as, an envious man, disposition, attack; envious tongues. [1913 Webster]

My soul is envious of mine eye. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

Neither be thou envious at the wicked. --Prov. xxiv. 19. [1913 Webster]

3. Inspiring envy. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster]

He to him leapt, and that same envious gage Of victor's glory from him snatched away. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. Excessively careful; cautious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

No men are so envious of their health. --Jer. Taylor. -- {En"vi*ous*ly}, adv. -- {En"vi*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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