needy

[ nee-dee ]
/ ˈni di /
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adjective, need·i·er, need·i·est.

in a condition of need or want; extremely poor; poverty-stricken; impoverished; destitute.

noun

(used with a plural verb)Usually the needy . needy persons collectively: Help the needy.

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Origin of needy

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English nedi; see need, -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM needy

need·i·ly, adverbun·need·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for needy

needy
/ (ˈniːdɪ) /

adjective needier or neediest

  1. in need of practical or emotional support; distressed
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the needy
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