- in a condition of need or want; poverty-stricken; impoverished; extremely poor; destitute.
- (used with a plural verb) needy persons collectively (usually preceded by the): Help the needy.
Origin of needy
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- in need of practical or emotional support; distressed
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the needy
Word Origin and History for unneedy
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