Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Needy \Need"y\, a. [Compar. Needier; superl. Neediest.]
Distressed by want of the means of living; very poor; indigent; necessitous.
Thou shalt open thy hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy in thy land.
--Deut. xv. 11.
Spare the blushes of needy merit.
--Dr. T. Dwight.
Necessary; requisite. [Obs.]
Corn to make your needy bread.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 12c., neodi "poor, indigent," from need (n.) + adjectival suffix -y (2). Similar formation in Dutch noodig, German nothig, Old Norse nauðigr. As a noun from mid-14c. Related: Needily; neediness.
Needy may refer to:
- Narcissistic supply, requiring constant attention and admiration from others
a. 1 In need, poor. 2 Desiring constant affirmation, lacking in self confidence
Usage examples of "needy".
Long as Donut had known him, that was the way Mario stood: slouched, his hand in his pocket, needy eyed, always wanting something.
Such a wreck as that which then went ashore on the Hen-and-Chicken Shoals was a godsend to the poor and needy settlers in the wilderness where so few good things ever came.
He had created and organized a mobile food-collecting service, complete with uniforms, to provide the needy with nutritious food from the best restaurants in a wealthy town, an implication that Hoyt let stand.
In some needy corner of her mind, Lyssa gloried in the fact that she was able to bring him to such a tumescent state in what seemed like only a minute.
They whispered needy little words to each other, moaning and needing and wanting as they stumbled.
It hurt - as if all these years he had been no more to Orval than the once needy child of a dead best friend.
I then arranged to treat a needy family on an urgent basis, which, as events would have it, involved nothing more than a case of childhood scabies and pinkeye.
The profit he anticipated from Swade would not be used for anonymous free milk stations for needy children.
The sad and needy wives of wealthy old men who napped through the afternoon by the broad lobby fireplace with their hands crossed over their uprisen bellies and then, after a big pork dinner, retired immediately to bed.
He went for his sidearm, but Maro raised the needier and fired it on full auto, waving it back and forth.
His earlier days were passed in complete obscurity, none but the neediest spendthrift or the most desperate gambler knowing where he dwelt, and every one who found him out in his wretched abode near the Marshalsea had reason to regret his visit.
As I still had for a shirt the blouse Andrews had given me at Millen, I now considered my wardrobe complete, and left the rest of the clothes to those who were more needy than I.
Would Moren have been so needy if Hal had not siphoned off some of his gold to the cabal?
Up on the roof, amid the strapped-down merchandise for village stores upriver, the matching sets of lawn furniture, barbecue grills, inflatable toys, the bags of plastic sandals, sun hats, boxes of canned cocoa, laundry powder, and Duracell batteries, Drake had found smoking refuge in a used obstetrical chair destined for a needy highland clinic.
Then again, he had an annoying habit of keeping only the smallest measure of his spoils for himself, preferring to give whatever money he obtained to me, or to the needy.