- need like a hole in the head,
Origin of needed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of need
Examples from the Web for needed
This was nine fewer than what he needed just two years ago when 426 members of the House voted.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps, as Dwight Garner wrote, Steinberg just needed an idea for a book.
Residents of the neighborhoods where cops are needed the most are mixed on the impact of the apparent slowdown.
Just how many fake nodes would be needed in order to pull off a successful Sybil attack against Tor is not known.
We read Thomas Piketty because we needed to understand these failures to have any hope of grappling with them.
In order that sufficient instruction be furnished the Indians, five more religious are needed.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591|Emma Helen Blair
He was naturally learned; he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature; he looked inwards, and found her there.
She spoke the truth; for the enterprise was not of such difficulty that I needed any one to help me.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete|Madame La Marquise De Montespan
A new supply, however, would be needed in order to carry us back to the earth.Edison's Conquest of Mars|Garrett Putnam Serviss
It looked as though the towns would shrivel up, because of the tremendously high wages demanded by the men who were needed there.Historic Adventures|Rupert S. Holland
Word Origin for need
Old English nied (West Saxon), ned (Mercian) "necessity, compulsion, duty; hardship, distress; errand, business," originally "violence, force," from Proto-Germanic *nauthis (cf. Old Saxon nod, Old Norse nauðr, Old Frisian ned, Middle Dutch, Dutch nood, Old High German not, German Not, Gothic nauþs "need"), probably cognate with Old Prussian nautin "need," and perhaps with Old Church Slavonic nazda, Russian nuzda, Polish nędza "misery, distress," from PIE *nau- "death, to be exhausted" (see narwhal).
The more common Old English word for "need, necessity, want" was ðearf, but they were connected via a notion of "trouble, pain," and the two formed a compound, niedðearf "need, necessity, compulsion, thing needed." Nied also might have been influenced by Old English neod "desire, longing," which often was spelled the same. Common in Old English compounds, e.g. niedfaru "compulsory journey," a euphemism for "death;" niedhæmed "rape," the second element being an Old English word meaning "sexual intercourse;" niedling "slave." Meaning "extreme poverty, destitution" is from c.1200.
Old English neodian "be necessary, be required (for some purpose); require, have need of," from the same root as need (n.). Meaning "to be under obligation (to do something)" is from late 14c. Related: Needed; needing. The adjectival phrase need-to-know is attested from 1952. Dismissive phrase who needs it?, popular from c.1960, is a translated Yiddishism.
In addition to the idiom beginning with need
- needle in a haystack
- needless to say
- need like a hole in the head
- cry for (crying need for).