What does the word needy mean?

Usage examples for needy

  1. Whenever we might apply to the Magister, his door and purse alike were open to us, and peradventure he went more often to visit and succor the needy than he might otherwise have done, inasmuch as he thereby found the chance of speech with his gracious " work- fellow," of winning her praises and kissing her hand, which Ann was ever fain to grant when he had shown special zeal. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers