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Definitions for needy
ˈni dineedy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. needyadjective

    needy people collectively

    "they try to help the needy"

  2. destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-strickenadjective

    poor enough to need help from others

  3. needyadjective

    demanding or needing attention, affection, or reassurance to an excessive degree


  1. needyadjective

    In need, poor.

    Needy people want to give too, but have few material goods to offer.

  2. needyadjective

    Desiring constant affirmation, lacking in self confidence

    "It's emotionally exhausting to be around her because she's so needy."

  3. Etymology: From nedy, equivalent to. Compare nodig, nötig, nödig.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Needyadjective

    Poor; necessitous; distressed by poverty.

    Etymology: from need.

    Their gates to all were open evermore,
    And one sat waiting ever them before,
    To call in comers by, that needy were and poor. Fa. Q.

    —— In his needy shop a tortoise hung,
    An alligator stuff’d, and other skins
    Of ill-shap’d fishes. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    The poor and needy praise thy name. Ps. lxxiv. 21.

    We bring into the world a poor needy uncertain life, short at the longest, and unquiet at the best. William Temple.

    Nuptials of form, of int’rest, or of state,
    Those seeds of pride are fruitful in debate:
    Let happy men for gen’rous love declare,
    And chuse the needy virgin, chaste and fair. George Granville.

    To relieve the needy, and comfort the afflicted, are duties that fall in our way every day. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 93.


  1. needy

    needy is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next (2019) through Republic Records. It was written by Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, and its producer Tommy Brown. Commercially, the song reached the top 10 in Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, as well as top 20 in Greece, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and the United States.


  1. needy

    Needy refers to individuals, groups, or organizations that lack the necessary resources, especially financial, to sufficiently meet their basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. This term can also describe someone who requires a lot of attention, support, or help.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Needy

    distressed by want of the means of living; very por; indigent; necessitous

  2. Needy

    necessary; requiste

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NEEDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Needy is ranked #70645 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Needy surname appeared 277 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Needy.

    96.3% or 267 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of needy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of needy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of needy in a Sentence

  1. Hubert Humphrey:

    It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

  2. Publilius Syrus:

    He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.

  3. Salvation Army Maj. Gary Sturdivant:

    The saddest part is if the guy was that needy, he could have just come down to our center.

  4. Eva Pern:

    Almsgiving tends to perpetuate poverty aid does away with it once and for all. Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before. Aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of all respect and not as a man with a grievance. Almsgiving is the generosity of the rich social aid levels up social inequalities. Charity separates the rich from the poor aid raises the needy and sets him on the same level with the rich.

  5. Toshi Maeda:

    Children, the poor and the needy, those are where he is coming from. He just wants to meet children in conflicted areas and tell the rest of the world their suffering, as he follows their stories, he ends up in war zones.

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