Where does the word “vie” come from and What does envy mean?

Originally it was a contraction of envy, formed by lopping off the first syllable.

But envy, in the sense in which it was thus employed, was a gambling term in the sixteenth century, meaning to invite, to challenge; the contraction, vie, was the more popular word at the gaming table.

One vied or made a vie by putting up a stake on the strength of a hand at cards.

where does the word vie come from and what does envy mean

Hence, vie, meaning to contend or strive against another at cards, later embraced any kind of contest.

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