Distributed food to indigent families.
An example of an indigent is a single parent who just lost a job.
An example of indigent is a homeless person.
Other Word Forms
Origin of indigent
- Middle English from Old French from Latin indigēns indigent- present participle of indigēre to need indu- in en in Indo-European roots egēre to lack
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Circa 1400, Middle French, from Latin indigentem, form of indigere (“to need”), from indu (“in, within”) + egere (“be in need, want”).
- Only relation to antonym affluent is common Latinate suffix + -ent.