needy

adjective \ ˈnē-dē \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of needy

needier; neediest
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.

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

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First Known Use of needy

12th century



NEEDY Defined for English Language Learners

needy

adjective

Definition of needy for English Language Learners

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

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


NEEDY Defined for Kids

needy

adjective \ ˈnē-dē \

Definition of needy for Students

needier; neediest
: very poor

neediness

noun


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