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
Recent Examples of needy from the Web
Winnipeg, Manitoba (AP) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was back at a Habitat for Humanity worksite Friday, a day after he was hospitalized for dehydration while working with the organization to build homes for needy families in Canada.
In the meantime, charities that actually serve needy Americans, rather than charge them for a limited selection of questionable services, continue to go overlooked.
Of all the menstrual products nonprofits are trying to put in the hands of the world’s neediest people, cups are a simple, promising solution.
O.K., so we humans are needy and could bond with a rock, depending on the circumstances.
And for the truly needy and taxpayers everywhere, that’s really good news.
It’s done exceptional work over the years, supporting other organizations, donating to the needy and restoring classics that might otherwise have faded from view.
An amendment to add just $8 billion in funding to fund coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions in states that could choose to opt out of Obamacare's protections for the medically needy under the AHCA.
All means the sick, the old, the poor, the unemployed and even politicians who'd rather give humongous tax breaks to the rich than decent health care to the needy.
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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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