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Definition of "needy" []

  • Being in need; impoverished. See Synonyms at poor. (adjective)
  • Wanting or needing affection, attention, or reassurance, especially to an excessive degree. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "needy" in a sentence
  • "What gets me is when a real-life scientist friend says something uninformed, or vacuous, or just plain needy and I desperately want to refer them to the DrugMonkey blog."
  • "Economists and poverty researchers say multiple factors may account for the increase in needy college graduates: Not only a rise in college attendance, but also a shortage of high-end jobs, stagnant wages and eroding health benefits, downsizing and outsourcing — as well as the growing number of immigrants and single mothers."
  • "Its message of compassion for the needy is exactly what people who are living with HIV/AIDS need."