adjective \ˈnē-dē\

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

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


Full Definition of NEEDY

:  being in want :  poverty-stricken <needy families>
:  marked by want of affection, attention, or emotional support <emotionally needy>
need·i·ness noun

Examples of NEEDY

  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>

First Known Use of NEEDY

12th century

Rhymes with NEEDY

NEEDINESS Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈnē-dē\

Definition of NEEDY for Kids

:  very poor
need·i·ness noun


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