Definition of needy in English:


adjectiveneedier, neediest

  • 1(of a person) lacking the necessities of life; very poor.

    ‘needy and elderly people’
    ‘the provision of humanitarian assistance to the needy’
    • ‘It is a spirit that seeks out the poorest and most needy people in the community, and assesses projects by the degree to which each will benefit them.’
    • ‘Gandhi spoke of the concept of antyodaya in which we focus attention first on the poorest, most needy people.’
    • ‘Staff donated the entire first day's baking to the Salvation Army for distribution to elderly and needy people in the area.’
    • ‘We ran and we danced among the flotsam and jetsum of out digital lives, scattering bon mots like candies to the poor and needy children around us.’
    • ‘The foremost vision of the Trust is to provide affordable Nursing Education to the needy students from poor and under privileged families.’
    • ‘As an alternative, a consent be taken from the poor and needy patients to receive Zakat funds on their behalf and pay towards the treatment.’
    • ‘But if they are needy as a consequence of their criminal, irrational, or imprudent behavior, then it is not a fine thing.’
    • ‘Parvaiz was a silent social worker who saved many lives by donating blood to poor and needy patients and diving into the said river to save lives.’
    • ‘He said the trust was contemplating opening schools, medical dispensaries and hospitals, and cooperative stores for needy persons.’
    • ‘Once again, Government is moving to deprive the most needy members of society whilst, in this case, offering tax cuts to the wealthy.’
    • ‘He further noted that such behaviour would continue to disadvantage other needy families in rural communities.’
    • ‘Why does such a rich nation not do more to alleviate the plight of its deprived and needy members?’
    • ‘At this time of year the demands on our welfare organisations are always stretched and a small donation from you can make the world of difference to not only them but also a needy family.’
    • ‘No needy person ever left her presence empty-handed.’
    • ‘The receiving family agrees to donate the first-born female kid to another needy family; they may keep any offspring thereafter.’
    • ‘His brother Bob is chairman of the Oak Tree Foundation, which provides humanitarian aid to the poor, sick and needy children of Romania from its base in Huddersfield.’
    • ‘Political parties will be prevented from wasting milk, water, etc. which can be given to poor and needy people.’
    • ‘The annual Christmas fuel appeal for the elderly and needy families of the greater Westport area is under way.’
    • ‘A used washing machine is badly needed by two needy people.’
    • ‘Old students also volunteered to help poor and needy students.’
    poor, deprived, disadvantaged, underprivileged, in want, needful, badly off, hard up, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, unable to make ends meet, unable to keep the wolf from the door, poverty-stricken, indigent, impoverished, on one's beam-ends, as poor as a church mouse, dirt poor, destitute, penurious, impecunious, penniless, moneyless
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 (of circumstances) characterized by poverty.
      ‘those from needy backgrounds’
      • ‘What it does is use volunteers to build homes for people in communities who are in needy circumstances.’
      destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, indigent, penniless, insolvent, impecunious, ruined, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together
      View synonyms
  • 2(of a person) needing emotional support; insecure.

    • ‘People who are emotionally needy or manipulate others to get their own way by making them feeling guilty are unconscious vampires.’
    • ‘I helped Mantle with two books and came to understand how needy he was, how insecure.’
    • ‘What he foolishly chose was an impressionable, unformed and emotionally needy young woman.’
    • ‘She was far from the needy, emotionally damaged wreck who we usually think of as finding refuge in obscure religions.’
    • ‘Jack was needy, emotionally, and looked to Tammy to make him feel better, in and out of bed.’
    • ‘I wouldn't think anything of having sex in public, but I'm a bit more needy on the emotional side.’
    • ‘Show me a folk music audience and I'll show you the emotionally needy.’
    • ‘She was dependent on me, she was clingy and needy, and she didn't have a strong support system.’
    • ‘Emotionally unstable, needy, self-destructive, meddling, they threaten the fabric of our civil society.’
    • ‘You're as down and as needy of help and support as you have ever been, and your spouse can't give that to you, because she's in the same place.’
    • ‘He was desperately needy in his sexual and emotional demands.’
    • ‘Because she is just so monumentally self-absorbed and needy and emotionally stunted.’
    • ‘Their hidden belief is that if they remain insecure, dependent and needy their partner will look after them.’
    • ‘My daughter is extremely emotionally needy as well.’
    • ‘Oh, so Bianca was needy and emotional and that's why you kissed her?’
    • ‘People who constantly need to praise themselves are insecure or emotionally needy.’
    • ‘Somehow, we must each admit that we are tiny, insecure, and needy.’
    • ‘Will it be the supportive lawyer, the needy, cheery, recently divorced neighbour, or will his sister in law finally relent?’
    • ‘Konstantin, too, is needy, the emotional prisoner of his mother.’
    • ‘It's not because she's needy or insecure or confused.’