1. [syn: destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken]
2. demanding or needing attention, affection, or reassurance to an excessive degree;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Needy \Need"y\, a. [Compar. Needier; superl. Neediest.]
1. Distressed by want of the means of living; very poor;
Thou shalt open thy hand wide unto thy brother, to
thy poor, and to thy needy in thy land. --Deut. xv.
Spare the blushes of needy merit. --Dr. T.
2. Necessary; requisite. [Obs.]
Corn to make your needy bread. --Shak.
[1913 Webster] Neeld
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: poor enough to need help from others [syn: destitute,
impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy,
2: demanding or needing attention, affection, or reassurance to
an excessive degree
n 1: needy people collectively; "they try to help the needy"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "needy":
beggared, beggarly, bereaved, bereft, chronic poverty area, dead,
depressed population, deprived, destitute, disadvantaged,
down-and-out, flat, fleeced, ghetto-dwellers, ghettoized, hard up,
impecunious, impoverished, in need, in rags,
in reduced circumstances, in want, indigent, insolvent, mendicant,
necessitous, on relief, on welfare, out at elbows, pauperized,
penniless, penurious, pinched, poor, poverty-stricken, starveling,
strapped, stripped, the disadvantaged, the distressed,
the down-and-out, the forgotten man, the have-nots, the needy,
the other America, the poor, the underprivileged, the urban poor,
underdeveloped nation, underprivileged, unprosperous,
up against it, welfare rolls