needs must

needs

[needz]
adverb
of necessity; necessarily (usually preceded or followed by must ): It must needs be so. It needs must be.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English nedis, Old English nēdes, orig. genitive of nēd need; see -s1

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To needs must
Collins
World English Dictionary
needs (niːdz)
 
adv
1.  (preceded or foll by must) of necessity: we must needs go; we will go, if needs must
 
pl n
2.  what is required; necessities: the needs of the third world; his needs are modest

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

needs
in archaic constructions involving must (late 14c.) is from O.E. nede, instr. and gen. sing. of nied (see need), used as an adverb reinforcing must, hence the genitive ending.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature