Definition of needy in US English:

needy

adjectiveneedier, neediest

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

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

needy

/ˈnidi//ˈnēdē/