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needy

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adjective, \ˈnē-dē\

Simple Definition of needy

  • : not having enough money, food, etc., to live properly

  • : needing a lot of attention, affection, or emotional support

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of needy

needierneediest

  1. 1 :  being in want :  poverty-stricken <needy families>

  2. 2 :  marked by want of affection, attention, or emotional support <emotionally needy>

neediness noun

Examples of needy in a sentence

  1. As a child, she was extremely needy and had no self-confidence.

  2. <those generous souls who regularly give money and donate clothes to help the needy>



12th Century

First Known Use of needy

12th century

Rhymes with needy



NEEDY Defined for Kids

needy

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adjective \ˈnē-dē\

Definition of needy for Students

needierneediest

  1. :  very poor

neediness noun




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