- in need of practical or emotional support; distressed
- (as collective noun; preceded by the): the needy
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destitute:donations to help needy families.
- the needy, [plural] needy persons thought of as a group.
- in a condition of need or want;
- (used with a pl. v.) needy persons collectively (usually prec. by the):Help the needy.
- 1125–75; Middle English nedi; see need, -y1