The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#431 – August 24, 2022) is needy. Apart from the definitions we’ve listed above, the word also means to be in “want of affection, attention, or emotional support,” according to Merriam-Webster. Since needy is a derived word, we looked up the root word — need — for our customary mini-etymology lesson. “Need” has roots in the Middle English word “ned,” which is from the Old English term “nīed” or “nēd.” Those are likewise similar to the Old High German word “nōt” and the Old Prussian term “nautin,” which all mean distress, desire, or longing.
We solved the puzzle in four tries today, which is the same as most players did. For the first guess, we tried the word snout, which wasn’t a particularly lucky start. WordleBot said there were still 203 possible solutions after that, so we followed up with one of the Bot’s favorite words, crane. That turned up two yellow tiles, and the solution became clear after our third guess with the word binge.