needy

[nee-dee]
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:
1125–75; Middle English nedi; see need, -y1

needily, adverb
unneedy, adjective
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needy (ˈniːdɪ)
 
adj , needier, neediest
a.  in need of practical or emotional support; distressed
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the needy

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needy
c.1175, neodi "poor, indigent," from need (n.) (q.v.) + adj. suffix -y.
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Example sentences
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.
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