noun \ˈdərth\

: the state or condition of not having enough of something

Full Definition of DEARTH

:  scarcity that makes dear; specifically :  famine
:  an inadequate supply :  lack <a dearth of evidence>

Examples of DEARTH

  1. <there was a dearth of usable firewood at the campsite>
  2. <the dearth of salesclerks at the shoe store annoyed us>
  3. It may also be a respite for booksellers, who have been grumbling for several years about sluggish sales and a dearth of dependable blockbuster fiction. —Julie Bosman, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2006

Origin of DEARTH

Middle English derthe, from Old English *dierth, from dēore dear
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with DEARTH


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