verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- need like a hole in the head,
Origin of need
Examples from the Web for unneeded
And an overzealous medical professional, hoping to safeguard against malpractice, can also be a cause of unneeded procedure.
He says they are unneeded, and he would shift two to other circuits with a higher caseload and eliminate the third.Obama Picks Pawns in Political Fight as GOP Aims to Cut Down D.C. Circuit Court|Eleanor Clift|June 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It's irresponsible and unneeded: preserving the Bush tax cuts will be tax relief achievement enough.
Corporal punishment is altogether to be deprecated, and, indeed, is unneeded when the teacher does his duty.Aristotle and Ancient Educational Ideals|Thomas Davidson
The existence of many of these prohibitions in the etiquette manuals shows that they were not unneeded.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
That such precautions were not unneeded, the dense mass of people that now crowded the streets already showed.Gerald Fitzgerald|Charles James Lever
Support, however, was unneeded; an earthquake would scarce have shaken down those solid rafters.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
Precious one, she whispered faintly, for her strength was waning, I would spare you every unneeded pang.Signing the Contract and What it Cost|Martha Finley
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).