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  • n. The characteristic of being needy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being needy; want; poverty; indigence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being needy; want; poverty; indigence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of needing attention and affection and reassurance to a marked degree
  • n. a state of extreme poverty


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needy +‎ -ness


  • And neediness is the biggest turn off; the thing most likely to send any man/boy running at top speed in the opposite direction.


  • I think her "neediness" may keep other young women at bay.

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  • It can make the money addict afraid of their own "neediness" because it makes them feel too out of control inside, so they hide it from others (and themselves) seeing it as weak and ugly.

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  • Partners exhibiting traits of control, manipulation, dishonesty and "neediness" or narcissism really do not need to be dated or married - and especially - to reproduce.

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  • Falling that, I mean you have look at a really disturbed personality, someone who has a gaping hole in their psyche, you know, the kind of neediness that just oozes.

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  • I do have to give credit to our waitress as she was pretty outstanding in her service and never once lost her cool with us despite our groups size and for some reason, our higher than average "neediness".

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  • In fact, he probably sees any sort of neediness in you as a turnoff.

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  • This is said with no self-pity at all: she has a horror of self-pity, of neediness and of anger – and especially, and always, of the thing they can lead to, proper depression – and that horror can tip into a slightly manic sort of cheerfulness.

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  • Far more, he subtly manages to make nerdiness and neediness appealing.

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  • Monroe's overwhelming neediness compels her husband, writer Arthur Miller Dougray Scott, to decamp, rendering her disabled with loneliness and insecurity.

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