Definition of needy
- needy families
- … where needy children from the community could come to get free, nutritious meals.
- —Liza N. Burby
- emotionally needy
- The girl was needy for her mother's affection.
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
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down on one's luck, out at elbows (or out at the elbows), out of pocket;
: not having enough money, food, etc., to live properly
: needing a lot of attention, affection, or emotional support
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of the same or a similar kind or nature
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