follow Dictionary.com

Is it sneaked or snuck?

needful

[need-fuh l] /ˈnid fəl/
adjective
1.
necessary or required:
needful supplies.
2.
Idioms
3.
the needful, Slang. money, especially immediately available cash:
They haven't the needful for a car right now.
Origin of needful
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see need, -ful
Related forms
needfully, adverb
needfulness, noun
unneedful, adjective
unneedfully, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for needful

needful

/ˈniːdfʊl/
adjective
1.
necessary; needed; required
2.
(archaic) needy; poverty-stricken
noun
3.
(informal) the needful, money or funds: do you have the needful?
4.
do the needful, to perform a necessary task
Derived Forms
needfully, adverb
needfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for needful
adj.

late 12c., niedfulle, "needy," from need (n.) + -ful. Meaning "characterized by need" is from mid-13c.; meaning "indispensable" is from mid-14c.; noun meaning "what is necessary" is from 1709. Colloquial sense of "cash" is recorded from 1774 in phrase the needful "money." Related: Needfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for needful

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for needful

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for needful