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[nee-dee] /ˈni di/
adjective, needier, neediest.
in a condition of need or want; poverty-stricken; impoverished; extremely poor; destitute.
(used with a plural verb) needy persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
Help the needy.
Origin of needy
1125-75; Middle English nedi; see need, -y1
Related forms
needily, adverb
unneedy, adjective Unabridged
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  • His feasting was not with the rich, but with the needy and the poor.
  • The meat is usually distributed to family as well as the needy.
  • Charities will either sell the used clothing and use the proceeds for their work, or donate the items to the needy.
  • Donations for a five-foot section are enough to buy five sheep for needy families around the world.
  • And also their commitment to taking care of the needy, because of course there are lots of people in the world who aren't rich.
  • The chair's creator plans to donate the a free chair to a needy individual for every ten sold.
  • So find a reputable organization that will get the laptop into needy hands.
  • Distributing goods to needy refugees will be an incredible experience.
  • Programs that permit the donation of good, unused drugs to the needy owe their existence to the lobbying by families of patients.
  • Deceivers exist, and they seek out the weak and needy, and they prey upon them.
British Dictionary definitions for needy


adjective needier, neediest
  1. in need of practical or emotional support; distressed
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the needy
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Word Origin and History for needy

late 12c., neodi "poor, indigent," from need (n.) + adjectival suffix -y (2). Cf. Dutch noodig, German nothig, Old Norse nauðigr. As a noun from mid-14c. Related: Needily; neediness.

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