Green with envy – What’s the meaning?

Hi guys, it’s me again, Studycat. I love to study and one of the things I enjoy studying the most is English idioms. So, I have looked into a few good ones and I will let you know what I find out.

Green with envy explained

To be green with envy means to be jealous of someone or something. I have never seen a green cat but I do know some jealous cats. The origin of this idiom is unclear. I find that a lot with idioms. People often don’t know where they started.

However, a clever English human called Mr Shakespeare is known to have made the connection between the color green and jealousy.

In Othello,  Iago warns Othello

“beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock. The meat it feeds on.”

This is inspired by a green-eyed cat who plays with its prey. On a personal note, I never do this.

In Antony and Cleopatra, epidus, since Pompey’s feast, as Menas says,

“is troubled with the green sickness.”

The green sickness, being envy.

In The Merchant of Venice

“How all the other passions fleet to air, As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embraced despair, And shuddering fear, and green-eyed jealousy!”

Now that you know what it means don’t boast to your friends too much because they might turn green with envy 😉