needy

adjective
\ ˈnē-dē How to pronounce needy (audio) \
needier; neediest

Definition of needy

1 : being in want : poverty-stricken needy families … where needy children from the community could come to get free, nutritious meals.— Liza N. Burby
2 : marked by want of affection, attention, or emotional support emotionally needy The girl was needy for her mother's affection.

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Other Words from needy

neediness noun

Examples of needy in a Sentence

As a child, she was extremely needy and had no self-confidence. those generous souls who regularly give money and donate clothes to help the needy
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the sit-down dinners, volunteers will deliver holiday meals to needy residents in Quincy, Milton, Weymouth, Braintree, Randolph, Holbrook, Hingham, Hull, and Cohasset. BostonGlobe.com, "In addition to the sit-down dinners, volunteers will deliver holiday meals to needy residents in Quincy, Milton, Weymouth, Braintree, Randolph, Holbrook, Hingham, Hull, and Cohasset.," 21 Nov. 2019 An idea that drew bipartisan support — notably from Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. — the program is supposed to incentivize investors to direct their capital to needy areas. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "A Trump Tax Break To Help The Poor Went To a Rich GOP Donor’s Superyacht Marina," 18 Nov. 2019 Francis said in his homily, with poor people among those accorded seats in the basilica for the Mass. Francis later invited hundreds of needy, including migrants, to dine with him in a Vatican hall. Frances D'emilio, Twin Cities, "Pope decries that ‘greed of a few’ worsens poverty of others," 17 Nov. 2019 An idea that drew bipartisan support — notably from Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. — the program is supposed to incentivize investors to direct their capital to needy areas. Justin Elliott, sun-sentinel.com, "Huizenga Jr. received Trump tax break, meant for poor, for his West Palm Beach superyacht marina," 14 Nov. 2019 Unfortunately, the neediest farmers are not so savvy. The Economist, "Better seeds could help African farmers grow far more," 28 Sep. 2019 Through its one-for-one program, Toms has donated more than 93 million pairs of new shoes to needy kids in developing countries since 2006; the company is now involved in similar ventures with eyewear and coffee. Donnovan Andrews, Fortune, "5 Ways Companies Can Show Their Commitment to Improving the World," 24 Sep. 2019 The D’Addario Foundation is a leader in finding and partnering with the highest quality music programs in the neediest areas. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Mandy Moore & My Morning Jacket's Jim James to Play D'Addario Foundation's Back 2 School Benefit," 17 Sep. 2019 Phair has always been unsentimental and boldly candid, particularly about the ways that needy and insecure lovers can mess with each others’ minds. John Adamian, courant.com, "Liz Phair, following release of new single, coming to College Street," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of needy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Needy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/needier. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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needy

adjective
How to pronounce needy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of needy

: not having enough money, food, etc., to live properly
: needing a lot of attention, affection, or emotional support

needy

adjective
\ ˈnē-dē How to pronounce needy (audio) \
needier; neediest

Kids Definition of needy

: very poor

Other Words from needy

neediness noun

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