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needy

[nee-dee] /ˈni di/
adjective, needier, neediest.
1.
in a condition of need or want; poverty-stricken; impoverished; extremely poor; destitute.
noun
2.
(used with a plural verb) needy persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
Help the needy.
Origin of needy
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English nedi; see need, -y1
Related forms
needily, adverb
unneedy, adjective
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needy

/ˈniːdɪ/
adjective needier, neediest
1.
  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
adj.

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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