\ 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.

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 Receiver-needy teams such as the Packers and Chiefs passed on Pickens late in the first round, and character concerns might be part of the reason why. cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 The 34-year-old Kaepernick, who hasn't taken a snap in an NFL game since Jan. 1, 2017, had a message for NFL scouts in attendance and coaches of quarterback needy teams. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2022 If the Jaguars take Hutchinson at No. 1, offensive line-needy teams still will have both top tackles on the board. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2022 The 49ers could keep him on the roster until the summer, when a QB-needy team might be more desperate and would also have more clarity on Garoppolo’s health. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2022 Millions of able-bodied adults now clog the program’s rolls, while hundreds of thousands of truly needy Americans languish on waiting lists. Stefani E. Buhajla, National Review, 15 Feb. 2022 The Texans expect the Dolphins to still be interested in trading for Watson this offseason, and there could be more quarterback-needy teams in the mix, including the Broncos, Panthers, Eagles, Saints, Steelers and Washington Football Team. Matt Young, Chron, 2 Nov. 2021 Based on this performance alone, some quarterback-needy team could sign White to an offer sheet in the off-season if New York doesn’t sign him before that. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Huntington: Marshall University ceramics students are conducting an annual fundraiser next week to help feed needy families. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of needy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Needy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for needy


\ 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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