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[nee-dee] /ˈni di/

adjective, needier, neediest.
in a condition of or want; poverty-stricken; impoverished; extremely poor; destitute.
(used with a plural verb) needy persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
Help the needy.
adjective needier, neediest


late 12c., neodi “poor, indigent,” from need (n.) + adjectival suffix -y (2). Cf. Dutch noodig, German nothig, Old Norse nauðigr. As a noun from mid-14c. Related: Needily; neediness.


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