People who are needy don't have enough of life's necessities, like money, food, water, education, or shelter. Many charities collect money that helps needy people.

Truly needy people go without food or warmth, for example, and often need help from others. As a group, these people are sometimes referred to as "the needy." A more lighthearted way to use the adjective is to mean "demanding or difficult." This type of needy person requires frequent reassurance or emotional support: "She's a good friend, but she can be so needy sometimes."

Definitions of needy
  1. adjective
    poor enough to need help from others
    synonyms: destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, poverty-stricken
    having little money or few possessions
  2. adjective
    demanding or needing attention, affection, or reassurance to an excessive degree
    requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill
  3. noun
    needy people collectively
    “they try to help the needy
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    type of:
    poor, poor people
    people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
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