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 Smith was talking to a fellow toy store owner in Buffalo, New York, who had set up a plan to solicit donations from the public to be used to make up activity bags that could be donated to needy children who couldn’t be at school. oregonlive, "Hillsboro toy store owner hits on a winning solution to fight coronavirus, keep her store alive, and help children," 27 Apr. 2020 The rally effect – people are banding together Everyone is stuck at home, trying to navigate a new work environment that might include a spouse, a needy pet or stir-crazy children. Hannah K. Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "Here’s how the novel coronavirus could impact Cincinnati’s chance for a bus levy," 20 Apr. 2020 This 13-minute short takes a look at the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra program, which rehabs worn musical instruments taken from Philadelphia's public schools and returns them to needy students. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Amazon streams SXSW doc about Johnny Cash's first wife, plus more music films to watch right now," 30 Apr. 2020 The rescue package did not specify which students are eligible for grants, and many colleges had planned to distribute emergency grants to needy students regardless of their citizenship status. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Congress grants, DeVos denies emergency fund to foreign students," 23 Apr. 2020 The rescue package did not specify which students are eligible for grants, and many colleges had planned to distribute emergency grants to needy students regardless of their citizenship status. Time, "Trump Administration Bars Most International Students From Receiving Coronavirus College Relief," 23 Apr. 2020 The school has set up a website for people to pledge their stimulus checks to help needy students and families. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus shutdown toughest for those living on fringes of Bay Area society," 15 Apr. 2020 The untouched students are likely some of our most needy students. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Closed for coronavirus and teaching remotely, San Antonio schools hunt for missing students," 11 Apr. 2020 That program allowed institutions of higher learning to offer loans directly to needy students and was halted in 2017. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "US student loan payments are suspended for six months, with many exceptions," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of needy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Needy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/needy. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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