Needful



[need-fuh l] /ˈnid fəl/

adjective
1.
necessary or required:
needful supplies.
2.
.
Idioms
3.
the needful, Slang. money, especially immediately available cash:
They haven’t the needful for a car right now.
/ˈniːdfʊl/
adjective
1.
necessary; needed; required
2.
(archaic) needy; poverty-stricken
noun
3.
(informal) the needful, money or funds: do you have the needful?
4.
do the needful, to perform a necessary task
adj.

late 12c., niedfulle, “needy,” from need (n.) + -ful. Meaning “characterized by need” is from mid-13c.; meaning “indispensable” is from mid-14c.; noun meaning “what is necessary” is from 1709. Colloquial sense of “cash” is recorded from 1774 in phrase the needful “money.” Related: Needfully.

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