1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; used in a good sense. [Archaic]
Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue.
Covetous death bereaved us all,
To aggrandize one funeral.
2. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (esp. money); avaricious; in a bad
The covetous person lives as if the world were madealtogether for him, and not he for the world.
Syn. Avaricious; parsimonious; penurious; misrely; niggardly. See Avaricious.
(Cov"et*ous*ly), adv. In a covetous manner.
1. Strong desire. [R.]
When workmen strive to do better than well,
They do confound their skill in covetousness.
2. A strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good; excessive desire for
riches or money; in a bad sense.
Covetousness, by a greed of getting more, deprivess itself of the true end of getting.
Syn. Avarice; cupidity; eagerness.
(Cov"ey) n. [OF. cove, F. couve, fr. cover, F. couver, to sit or brood on, fr. L. cubare to lie
down; cf. E. incubate. See Cubit, and cf. Cove to brood.]
1. A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a small flock or number of birds
together; said of game; as, a covey of partridges. Darwin.
2. A company; a bevy; as, a covey of girls. Addison.
(Cov"ey), v. i. To brood; to incubate. [Obs.]
[Tortoises] covey a whole year before they hatch.
(Cov"ey), n. A pantry. [Prov. Eng.] Parker.
(Cov"in) n. [OF. covine, covaine, fr. covenir to agree. See Covenant.]
1. (Law) A collusive agreement between two or more persons to prejudice a third.
2. Deceit; fraud; artifice. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Cov"in*ous) a. (Law) Deceitful; collusive; fraudulent; dishonest.
(Cow) n. [See Cowl a hood.] A chimney cap; a cowl
(Cow), n.; pl. Cows (kouz); old pl. Kine [OE. cu, cou, AS. cu; akin to D. koe, G. kuh, OHG.
kuo, Icel. kyr, Dan. & Sw. ko, L. bos ox, cow, Gr. boy^s, Skr. go. &radic223. Cf. Beef, Bovine,
Bucolic, Butter, Nylghau.]
1. The mature female of bovine animals.