the needy

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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