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Etymology 1[edit]

From the verb need +‎ -er.


needer (plural needers)

  1. A person who requires or needs something.
    • 1975. Sport diver manual, by Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc.
      The needer is physically and mentally handicapped because of his immediate need for air... The donor takes a big breath and gives his mouthpiece to the needer.
    • 2006. Emergent information technologies and enabling policies for counter terrorism, by Robert L. Popp, John Yen. P.241
      The difference between requestor and needer has been incorporated in current business practices.

Etymology 2[edit]

Corruption of neither.


needer (not comparable)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of neither.
    • 1856, John Turvill Adams, The Lost Hunter[1]:
      But," added he, observing the other's embarrassment, "dat is needer here nor dere.
    • 1936-1938, Work Projects Administration, Slave Narratives= A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves[2]:
      Didn't put them in two boxes lak dey does now, and dey warn't painted needer.