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needy (adj.)

c. 1300, neodi, "very poor, indigent," from need (n.) + adjectival suffix -y (2). Similar formation in Dutch noodig, German nothig, Old Norse nauðigr. The sense of "needing or desiring more, not satisfied" is from early 14c. As a noun from early 15c. Related: Needily; neediness.

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Definitions of needy from WordNet
1
needy (adj.)
poor enough to need help from others;
Synonyms: destitute / impoverished / indigent / necessitous / poverty-stricken
needy (adj.)
demanding or needing attention, affection, or reassurance to an excessive degree;
2
needy (n.)
needy people collectively;
they try to help the needy
From wordnet.princeton.edu