[ nee-dee ]
/ ˈni di /
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adjective, need·i·er, need·i·est.
in a condition of need or want; extremely poor and not having the basic necessities: If your car is serviceable, it will be repaired and donated to a needy family.
having or exhibiting an excessive emotional need, as for attention, intimacy, or reassurance: As he became more competent and less needy, his interpersonal relationships improved.
having many needs to be met: Cats aren’t as needy as dogs.
noun (used with a plural verb)
Usually the needy .Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. extremely poor people collectively.
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British Dictionary definitions for needy
/ (ˈniːdɪ) /
adjective needier or neediest
- in need of practical or emotional support; distressed
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the needy
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