WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
need•y /ˈnidi/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -i•er, -i•est, n. 
adj. 
  1. poor;
    destitute:donations to help needy families.

n. 
  1. the needy, [plural] needy persons thought of as a group.
need•i•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
need•y  (nēdē),USA pronunciation adj.,  need•i•er, need•i•est, n. 
adj. 
  1. in a condition of need or want;
    poverty-stricken;
    impoverished;
    extremely poor;
    destitute.

n. 
  1. (used with a pl. v.) needy persons collectively (usually prec. by the):Help the needy.
needi•ly, adv. 
  • 1125–75; Middle English nedi; see need, -y1


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

needy /ˈniːdɪ/ adj (needier, neediest)
  1. in need of practical or emotional support; distressed
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the needy



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