adjective (needier; -est) Date: 12th century 1. being in want ; poverty-stricken <
needy families
2. marked by want of affection, attention, or emotional support <
emotionally needy
neediness noun

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  • needy — ► ADJECTIVE (needier, neediest) 1) lacking the necessities of life; very poor. 2) needing emotional support; insecure. DERIVATIVES neediness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • needy — [nēd′ē] adj. needier, neediest 1. in, or characterized by, need, or poverty; not having enough to live on; very poor 2. having or showing a need for affection, emotional support, etc …   English World dictionary

  • needy — UK [ˈniːdɪ] / US [ˈnɪdɪ] adjective Word forms needy : adjective needy comparative needier superlative neediest 1) a) a needy person does not have enough money, food, clothing etc. needy children/families b) the needy poor people There are… …   English dictionary

  • needy — need|y [ nidi ] adjective 1. ) a needy person does not have enough money, food, clothing, etc. This is not often used in formal writing: needy children/families a ) the needy poor people: There are problems getting food and money to the needy. 2 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • needy — [[t]ni͟ːdi[/t]] needier, neediest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Needy people do not have enough food, medicine, or clothing, or adequate houses. ...a multinational force aimed at ensuring that food and medicine get to needy Somalis. Syn: impoverished N… …   English dictionary

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