verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- need like a hole in the head,
Origin of need
Examples from the Web for needing
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
Those wishing—or needing—to give it up will be forced to do so on their own, without the support of formal medical care.
Many of the reasons these women claim for not needing feminism are embarrassingly bad.You Don’t Hate Feminism. You Just Don’t Understand It.|Emily Shire|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“If it had happened an hour earlier…” Patterson began to say then stopped, not needing to voice the implication.My Building Exploded. I Survived: Harlem Miracle Man Tells His Story|Michael Daly|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He did mention the possibility of needing a kidney one day, which I guess is something.Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?|Keli Goff|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He came to be one not needing anything to be that one but complete remembering that he had arranged that thing.Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein|Gertrude Stein
During the week he spent in the region, needing the services of a likely boy, he came to know and like Silas.The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories|Paul Laurence Dunbar
I haven't been able to save any money, and my mother is an invalid, needing much care.Joe Strong, the Boy Fish|Vance Barnum
And was it not possible, yea, even likely that his aunt might be needing a bonnet right away.Flood Tide|Sara Ware Bassett
She was still in her room, however, needing rest, and sent down word that she would rather be alone until the evening.The Tremendous Event|Maurice Leblanc
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).