Definition of needy in English:



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

    ‘needy and elderly people’
    ‘the provision of humanitarian assistance to the needy’
    • ‘Gandhi spoke of the concept of antyodaya in which we focus attention first on the poorest, most needy people.’
    • ‘He said the trust was contemplating opening schools, medical dispensaries and hospitals, and cooperative stores for needy persons.’
    • ‘Political parties will be prevented from wasting milk, water, etc. which can be given to poor and needy people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No needy person ever left her presence empty-handed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A used washing machine is badly needed by two needy people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The foremost vision of the Trust is to provide affordable Nursing Education to the needy students from poor and under privileged families.’
    • ‘Old students also volunteered to help poor and needy students.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The receiving family agrees to donate the first-born female kid to another needy family; they may keep any offspring thereafter.’
    • ‘The annual Christmas fuel appeal for the elderly and needy families of the greater Westport area is under way.’
    • ‘He further noted that such behaviour would continue to disadvantage other needy families in rural communities.’
    • ‘Once again, Government is moving to deprive the most needy members of society whilst, in this case, offering tax cuts to the wealthy.’
    • ‘But if they are needy as a consequence of their criminal, irrational, or imprudent behavior, then it is not a fine thing.’
    • ‘Staff donated the entire first day's baking to the Salvation Army for distribution to elderly and needy people in the area.’
    • ‘Why does such a rich nation not do more to alleviate the plight of its deprived and needy members?’
    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
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    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
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  • 2(of a person) needing emotional support; insecure.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I helped Mantle with two books and came to understand how needy he was, how insecure.’
    • ‘People who constantly need to praise themselves are insecure or emotionally needy.’
    • ‘Jack was needy, emotionally, and looked to Tammy to make him feel better, in and out of bed.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘He was desperately needy in his sexual and emotional demands.’
    • ‘People who are emotionally needy or manipulate others to get their own way by making them feeling guilty are unconscious vampires.’
    • ‘What he foolishly chose was an impressionable, unformed and emotionally needy young woman.’
    • ‘Konstantin, too, is needy, the emotional prisoner of his mother.’
    • ‘Their hidden belief is that if they remain insecure, dependent and needy their partner will look after them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because she is just so monumentally self-absorbed and needy and emotionally stunted.’
    • ‘I wouldn't think anything of having sex in public, but I'm a bit more needy on the emotional side.’
    • ‘It's not because she's needy or insecure or confused.’
    • ‘Show me a folk music audience and I'll show you the emotionally needy.’
    • ‘She was far from the needy, emotionally damaged wreck who we usually think of as finding refuge in obscure religions.’
    • ‘My daughter is extremely emotionally needy as well.’
    • ‘Oh, so Bianca was needy and emotional and that's why you kissed her?’