needy

  • 1 Needy — Need y, a. [Compar. {Needier}; superl. {Neediest}.] 1. Distressed by want of the means of living; very poor; indigent; necessitous. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt open thy hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy in thy land. Deut. xv …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Needy — may refer to: Poverty Codependent, a tendency to behave in overly passive or excessively caretaking ways that negatively impact one s relationships and quality of life This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …

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  • 3 needy — index destitute, impecunious, penurious, poor (underprivileged) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 needy — (adj.) late 12c., neodi poor, indigent, from NEED (Cf. need) (n.) + adjectival suffix Y (Cf. y) (2). Cf. Du. noodig, Ger. nothig, O.N. nauðigr. As a noun from mid 14c. Related: Needily; neediness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 needy — adj *poor, indigent, destitute, penniless, impecunious, poverty stricken, necessitous Analogous words: & Contrasted words: see those at NECESSITOUS …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 needy — [adj] deprived, impoverished beggared, dead broke*, destitute, dirt poor*, disadvantaged, down and out*, down at heel*, down to last cent*, flat*, impecunious, indigent, necessitous, penniless, penurious, poor, poverty stricken, underprivileged,… …

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 needy — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look ▪ a woman who looked needy ADVERB ▪ truly, very ▪ emotionally …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 needy — need|y [ˈni:di] adj 1.) a) having very little food or money ▪ a needy family b) the needy needy people ▪ money to help the needy 2.) needing and wanting a lot of love and attention …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 needy — adjective 1 having very little food or money: a needy family 2 the needy needy people: money to help the needy neediness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 needy — need•y [[t]ˈni di[/t]] adj. need•i•er, need•i•est, n. 1) in a condition of need or want; extremely poor; destitute 2) cvb the needy, needy persons collectively: to help the needy[/ex] • Etymology: 1125–75 need′i•ly, adv …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 needy — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 needy — needily, adv. /nee dee/, adj., needier, neediest, n. adj. 1. in a condition of need or want; poverty stricken; impoverished; extremely poor; destitute. n. 2. (used with a pl. v.) needy persons collectively (usually prec. by the): Help the needy.… …

    Universalium

  • 18 needy — adjective /ˈniːdi/ In need, poor. Needy people want to give too, but have few material goods to offer …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 needy — Synonyms and related words: beggared, beggarly, bereaved, bereft, chronic poverty area, dead, depressed population, deprived, destitute, disadvantaged, down and out, flat, fleeced, ghetto dwellers, ghettoized, hard up, impecunious, impoverished,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 needy — adjective collecting food and blankets for needy families Syn: poor, deprived, disadvantaged, underprivileged, necessitous, in need, needful, hard up, in straitened circumstances, poverty stricken, indigent, impoverished, pauperized, destitute,… …

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