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.
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
First Known Use of needy
NEEDY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of needy for Students
: very poor
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